The Silence Kit may be from Philadelphia but they sound as if they could have arrived from England in the early 1980s. 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.
After several line-up changes and numerous gigs in the local Philly area, the quintet of McCay, Don Ocava (bass), Jay Dyer (drums, percussion), TJ Wark (guitar), and James Cuartero (guitar, keyboards) released In Regulated Measure (2007), a melodic yet moody album that channels the spirit of classic post-punk outfits like The Cure, Joy Division, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Echo & The Bunnymen.
Their sophomore full-length, entitled A Strange Labor, hit the stores in July 2008 and saw the band expanding their signature sound even further, while exploring elements of melodic rock that they had only briefly touched upon in the past. With a third album well underway, one can only wonder whether The Silence Kit will return to their trademark doom and gloom or opt for a sunnier and more upbeat sound. Either way, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming release and prepare to get hooked.