Get Out Alive: The Last Type Story
The Speaking Canaries
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||I Wear Glasses In the Most Brutal Sport Ever Invented||The Speaking Canaries||2:55||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Menopause Diaries||The Speaking Canaries||4:47||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Last Type||The Speaking Canaries||4:31||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Coffin Jitters||The Speaking Canaries||3:29||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Last Side of Town Pt. 2||The Speaking Canaries||6:06||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Life Like Homes||The Speaking Canaries||8:26||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Song On a Record You Can't Get||The Speaking Canaries||4:54||9,00 kr||View in iTunes|
||Theme from Hospital Comedian||The Speaking Canaries||14:13||Album Only||View in iTunes|
The Speaking Canaries really nail their Van Halen-goes-math rock sound on Get Out Alive: The Last Type Story. There are only nine songs here, including three instrumentals and a bonus number that starts about six minutes into the final track. But the album strikes a nice balance between pop accessibility and indie rock abrasiveness, and the songs are generally melodic and well constructed (the band also created a limited-edition, mail-order-only CD-R with longer versions of some songs for those who want more excess). Speaking Canaries have developed the knack for pretty melodies, slow interludes, and false stops, as well as sputtering guitar noise that keeps things from getting too soft, and they know how to put falsetto singing, shouts, and David Lee Roth-style yelps in all the right places. And while the songs don't have the theatrical flair of Van Halen at their best, they also don't have the dull shapelessness of indie instrumental and noise rock at its worst; they hold up relatively well overall, and "Menopause Diaries" ranks as one of the best indie rock numbers of the year.
Formed: Pittsburgh, PA
Years Active: '90s, '00s