"The Silence endure as an East Coast treasure--their melodies, smart lyrics and rich rhythm set the senses reeling and the feet dancing." Lou Carlozo, Contributing Editor, Paste Magazine. Evan McIntyre and Tim Malcarney were two New Jersey grammar school friends who decided to form a band. Fortunately, they both had extensive record collections and diverse tastes in music (for 10 year olds). But, they did not know how to play any instruments...yet.
From the first jam session in Tim's basement, they began writing original songs. They quickly found that it was easier to write their own songs than learn those by their heroes. After wrestling with their instruments and testing the nerves of those who were privy to their early practices, things began to click and the noise began to sound like music. With the addition of bass player and schoolmate Dean Sharon, the songs started to take shape. With McIntyre on lead vocals, the band stepped out of the basement and onto the stage. The Silence soon entered the Philadelphia club circuit and began to play regular gigs at South Street's legendary JC Dobbs and the addition of Mike Ciccotello on keyboards helped fill out their sound. As the number of shows increased, so did the band's popularity and the demand to record a demo. With some guidance from local producer Lou Carlozo, The Silence entered Babylon Sound Studios and recorded a four-song demo titled "Wonderbox." The demo helped to secure better gigs throughout the Philadelphia region but, more importantly, it introduced them to Philadelphia producer and engineer Guy Lutze. After graduating high school the members went on to college, but in separate states. This made practicing difficult, but they managed to continue to perform. During holiday breaks they would reconvene at home, hash out songs and commit them to tape. In the summer of 1993 the band returned to Babylon Sound to record their first full length album "Ocean of Words." The album got air play on college radio and helped secure headlining spots at clubs in the Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York areas. In the summer of 1995 they signed a deal with Sonic Productions and recorded "Nowhere; Now Here." The album received very good reviews and charted in the College Music Journal. It also landed them opening slots for national acts such as Live, The Connells, the Ocean Blue and the Samples. After graduating college the band moved into a house in Southern New Jersey where they constructed a studio, bought a trailer and hit the road playing clubs and festivals throughout the Northeast. After nearly ten years of playing together as a four piece, Sharon and Ciccotello left the band. McIntyre and Malcarney returned to the studio to record another album and employed local Philadelphia musician Mike Catell on bass and, as a three piece, they released "Soulstice" in 1998. The album was the musical turning point for McIntyre and Malcarney as a writing team. It was also the debut of Malcarney sharing the lead vocal credit with McIntyre. Shortly after "Soulstice" was released, Andrew Parry joined the group on bass. The band continued playing energetic and musically intense live shows and once again returned to the studio to record a self-titled EP in 2001. “The Silence EP” would be the last album for Sonic Records. The band felt confident that they could strike out on their own after spending hours in studios and learning how to perfect their craft. In 2004 with the help of Guy Lutze they recorded "Find Your Way Home" in the band and Lutze’s home studios. It was released in 2005 and its musical depth exceeded anything they had done before. It was the product of a band that had matured together and showed that they had no intention of slowing down. The following year, the band’s new direction was later recorded live in Philadelphia for “Live From the Tin Angel.” In 2007, Matt Mueller joined the band on bass to form The Silence’s current lineup. Matt had a varied musical resume’, having most recently played with Carson’s Machine, a heavy progressive band. With Mueller aboard, The Silence made a conscious decision to take their time writing, developing, performing and perfecting a new set of songs before recording them. This process meant that finishing the next album would take over a year. Recorded at Wonderbox studio (with engineering assistance by Guy Lutze), the album was mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer Phil Nicolo at his Studio 4 in Conshohocken. The band also recruited a few guest musicians (including Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner) to help create the diverse and organic sound of the new album. The songs translate perfectly on stage and add a new level of excitement to the band's live show. The album, "Outside World," was released in April 2009. The band played series of successful shows in support. Multiple songs form Outside World were highlighted during the Phillies live television broadcasts.
The Silence is currently working on their latest studio album which will once again include a host of Philadelphia area musicians. The album is scheduled to be released in 2014. After all these years, The Silence continue to be one of the best live acts around.
The Silence's latest release "Tick Tock Dreaming" was recorded at 1935 Studio is Philadelphia and Wonderbox East and West Studios. The band enlisted Pete Rydberg for recoding and engineering support. A variety of musicians were enlisted to assist with bass, keyboards, lap steel, and percussion. The result is the band's finest work to date showing the propensity for strong songwriting surrounded by well constructed soundscapes. Tick Tock Dreaming showcases a band at the top of their game.