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."
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. James Cuartero joined on keys in 2009.
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 band decided to make their next release available for free online, with CDs for sale online and at shows. At first, it was planned to be a CD single for "The Magician" but it gradually became an EP, and once it was nearing completion the band decided to record a second EP. The EPs were released at the end of March 2011 and there are limited CDs available for sale online and at shows.
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