Our old friend Henry Owings, founder of the pop culture magazine, Chunklet, just released a recording of cult-rock band, The Speaking Canaries called Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock on cassette. Owings was digging through old recordings with Don Caballero bassist, Pat Morris when he stumbled across the demo cassette. The Speaking Canaries (also called Thee Speaking Canaries) was the side project of Don Caballero’s drummer, Damon Che. As a big fan of the lesser known band, Owings asked if he could release the recording as a cassette.
The Speaking Canaries’ sound differs quite a bit from the progressive, math rock of Don Cab. Che’s love for 70s and 80s hard rock became the driving force behind the Canaries’ releases.
While we at Morphius don’t have any affiliation with Don Cab or Speaking Canaries, we do have a love for those deep-cut, cult rock albums like Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock and appreciate Owings’ sentiment toward them.
Although we miss seeing new copies of Chunklet in the paper magazine format, we love their commitment to current, critical and hilarious music and cultural critique. While they never released their 20 issues with any sort of consistent schedule, their unabashed and relentless parody of the music industry became a favorite amongst music cynics.
You can still read Chunklet for a dose of humor or cult music news, like the great Corporate Office prank call to Wendy’s, which Chunklet has now released on vinyl or a Speaking Canaries mini-documentary.
We wish Henry Owings all the best and hope to see him soon in ATL.