The Silence Kit is a Philly post-punk band that plays textured, dark, indie rock. Based in New Jersey and Philadelphia, and inspired in equal parts by post punk, shoegaze, neo-psychedelia, avant-garde and indie rock, the band was started by singer/guitarist Patrick McCay back in 2002 as a solo recording project, eventually culminating in the first album "In Regulated Measure" (2006). "A Strange Labor" was released in Spring of 2008, and "Dislocations" in 2010, both by Break Even Records and Azteca Records and both received positive reviews from a great variety of press, with the Philadelphia City Paper calling "Dislocations" The Silence Kit's "boldest, most cohesive statement so far." In March 2011, the band released two EPs as free downloads. "The Stairs," originally planned as a single for "The Magician," consists of 4 concise, poppy indie rock songs, including a new version of the "The Magician." The second EP, "In Parts," is an edgier affair entirely, in which the band focused on capturing the darker side of their sound and their live energy.
Several lineups have seen the band gradually honing their sound through the years. The present lineup of McCay, bass player Don Ocava, and drummer Jay Dyer have been playing together since 2007.
Comparisons to bands like The Cure, Joy Division, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Psychedelic Furs hint at The Silence Kit's melodic, moody sound. The Silence Kit has played Philly, NYC and NJ venues such as The Khyber, The Northstar, Doc Watson's, The Pontiac Grille, The Manhattan Room (M-Room), The Blockley Pourhouse, Arlene's Grocery, The North Six, The Loft, Auction House and more, where they've shared the stage with indie rock and post punk bands like Mark Burgess (of The Chameleons), Early Day Miners, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Windsor for the Derby, Pela, and even major label bands Gene Loves Jezebel and Kill Hannah.
The Silence Kit has much of their discography available as free downloads on their Bandcamp site.
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