|Origin||Cranford/Linden, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Indie rock, alternative rock, pop punk|
|Past members||Adam Swider
Socratic is an American indie rock band from Cranford and Linden, New Jersey. After signing to Drive-Thru Records in 2004, they released their debut full-length Lunch for the Sky in 2005, the Just Turn EP in 2006 and their Mark Hoppus-produced follow-up album Spread The Rumors in 2008.
Socratic formed in 1999 by childhood friends Kevin Bryan (lead vocals and guitar) and Thomas Stratton (drums). Bryan's high school classmate Patrick Tobin joined the band on bass in November that year. Shortly thereafter the band recorded (their self-released debut) "Socratic EP" and added Duane Okun as lead guitarist and backup vocalist. Tobin left in late 2001 and was replace by bassist Adam Swider.
In 2002 the band were signed to No Milk Records and on January 6, 2003 released their second EP "It's Getting Late." The band then formally signed to California label Drive-Thru Records in 2004 and put out their first full-length album, "Lunch for the Sky" (September 2005). The album was produced by John Goodmanson (Hot Hot Heat, Sleater Kinney, The Blood Brothers) at Longview Farms Studio in rural Western Massachusetts. At this time the band added Vincent D'Amico on piano which heavy influenced the band's sound.
Swider left the band in May 2006 and was replaced by bassist Lou Panico. Later that year on December 5, 2006, a free 5-track EP entitled "Just Turn" was made available for download from the band's Myspace and PureVolume profiles. Their next full length album entitled "Spread The Rumors" (produced by Mark Hoppus of blink-182 and +44) was released on May 6, 2008.
In 2010, founding member Kevin Bryan left the band to focus on his career as co-owner/recording project coordinator at Soundwaves Studios in Union, New Jersey.
In 2011, drummer Thomas Stratton and former guitarist Kevin Bryan opened up 10th Street Live, a music venue and bar in Kenilworth, New Jersey.
The band released a self-titled and self produced followup online in 2012. With no set prices, they encouraged fans to pay what they thought the record was worth.
- "Boy In A Magazine" (2008)
- "Funeral Masses for William Jennings: Viewing Hours (4-6)" – released on Bands You Love, Have Heard of, and Should Know (2005)
- "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" (Bob Dylan cover) – released on Listen to Bob Dylan: A Tribute (2005)
A Christmas Coal Coral (Featuring Rendez Vous) - A Christmas track released December 2008.
- I Am the Doctor
- May I Bum A Smoke
- Boy In A Magazine (Spence Nicholson [Video Director], Brant Barger [Video Producer], Elliot Dillman [Video Producer])
- Curtain Call