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Socratic are an alternative rock band hailing from Cranford/Linden, New Jersey. They signed to Drive-Thru Records in 2004, 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 and consists of Duane F. Okun, who sings vocals and plays the guitar, Kevin G. Bryan II who plays the guitar and sings back vocals, Vincent D’Amico who plays piano and also sings back vocals, Thomas Patrick Stratton who plays drums/percussion, and Louis Panico who plays the bass guitar and sings back vocals[1]. Bassist Adam Swider left the group in May 2006 to go back to college and Louis Panico joined the group in 2007, leaving his former band The Showcase.
Socratic were formerly signed to No Milk Records (also past home of Halifax), where they released their debut EP It’s Getting Late in 2002. Also in February of 2002 one of Kevin’s friends Daniel died. Kevin and Dan were both on the wrestling team at Seton Hall Prep and Kevin was an exceptional wrestler. After the wake Socratic played a concert at Birch Hill in honor of their dead friend. They started with an intro talking about Dan and throughout the show they talked about him. They also had the concert recorded and burned onto a cd for anyone that wanted a copy. In 2004, they were picked up by California record label Drive-Thru Records, who put out their first full-length, Lunch for the Sky, in 2005. The album was Produced by John Goodmanson (Hot Hot Heat, Sleater Kinney, The Blood Brothers) at Longview Farms Studio in rural Western Massachusetts. On December 5th, 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, current bassist of blink-182 and former vocalist and bass player for +44)[2] hit the shelves on May 6, 2008, featuring the song “Boy In A Magazine,” their first single. They also made a video for May I Bum and Smoke and Boy In A Magazine in 2008.

Edited by cupanoodle on 25 May 2009, 05:24

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