BioThe Speaking Canaries is a rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, led by guitarist/vocalist Damon Che. That's the letter, here is the spirit: exuberance, catharsis, joy, abundance, excitement. For those who enjoy hearing a guitar pushed to its limits but, without the sacrifice of song and multi-dimensional emotional expression, Get Out Alive represents a bumper crop.
Says Mr. Che: "If this was not my own music and I were to buy this record, my first reaction would be thankfulness. I would just be glad that something like this existed. Most rock these days is so compressed that is sounds like a sheet of aluminum foil.Rock music should transcend itself at all times. It should make you want to augment it, to do what inspires you."
Damon was musically inclined at a young age. His father is also a musician. Early on, Damon learned a bit of piano but after 5 years of drumming on every object in sight, he got his first drum kit at 14. A few years later, he drummed in the punk band, Half Life. He had never been interested in guitar until he idly played around with one for a bit when he was 18. Having spent a good deal of time around technically challenged guitarists, he had assumed that tuning a guitar was exceptionally difficult. Damon took to the instrument naturally; the ease of tuning the guitar was a revelation and he was off and running, though not at the expense of the drums, on which instrument Damon has earned a stellar reputation playing in Don Caballero. Incidentally, Damon plays drums on half of Get Out Alive also.