Well, it’s time to get rad with Making Time at Voyeur tonight, and very little is radder than a $2 Bill Making Time, especially when Deli faves Sun Airway are the featured act for the night. The band recently release their new LP Soft Fall (check out the review of our October Album of the Month HERE) earlier this week, and they just hopped off tour with M83 for one night to spend it with you so feel a bit special Philly. As always, expect futuristic sounds from Dave P and the gang as well as a SICK light show from Klip Collective’s Ricardo Rivera. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., 9pm, $2, 21+ - H. M. Kauffman
Other summertime entertainment this weekend…
The Mann Center (5201 Pakside Ave.) City Bisco w/The Disco Biscuits, Diplo, rjd2, Brothers Past and Much More
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Andrew Gray, Tutlie, SUN Eliza Jones
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Upstairs) Pine Barrens, Ultra Roofies, SAT (Early) Lantern, Music For Headphones, (Late) Rasputin's Secret Police, SUN Purples
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Gemini Wolf, Ronald Reagan? The Actor?
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Spirit and Dust, Honey Watts, KC Jones, SAT Leithgow Oktoberfest (Outdoor - Early) The Circadian Rhythms, iNFiNiEN, TheMuffinManIsABand, Store Cats, Sunset Recorder, Anjuli Josephine, (Late) TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Penrose, iNFiNiEN, St, James & the Apostles, L.U.N.A.R. Revolt, SUN Leithgow Oktoberfest (Outdoor - Early) Chalk & the Beige Americans, Kuf Knotz, Griz, Rev. TJ McGlinchey, Dan Collins Band, Swedeland, Sweetbriar Rose (Late) McRad, Kuf Knotz, Jawnzap7, Wyldlyfe, Hott Tubb
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Assayer, Propser or Perish, Pillars of Villainy, Mindless Hope
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Emily Arin, Delco Pacers, Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Hured Gun Blues Band, SAT Andra Taylor, SUN Rusty Cadillac
For those who decide whether to come or go based on the first forty seconds of an album, Restorations’ LP2 is practically tailor-made for snap judgments. After a chiming, anthemic guitar opening, the band already known for fist-raising jams lets all hell break loose with “D,” their most unrestrained opener yet. The drum kit-mauling, earth-shaking bass lines and ascendant guitar riffs can only be described as complete sensory overload, and make it clear that the following eleven songs are going to be fueled by pure viscera. If your preferences run towards structure over huge sound, this release may leave you cold; LP2’s predominant means of exploring the band’s wealth of ideas are stadium-sized instrumentation and endless waves of atmospherics, as well as a dose of ennui.
This is a murkier, more inward-looking Restorations than we’re used to. Everything that was there before, musically, is blown sky-high this time around. They’ve managed to pack ideas into every iota of the song list, aided by Jon Low’s miles-deep production; the density of the music itself is offset by an album-long meditation on place, belonging, and the ramifications of leaving the familiar behind, which makes the outsized sound that much more of an interesting direction. Juxtaposing the existential discomfort with more sophisticated, complex forays into Restorations’ sonic wheelhouse.
The spiraling guitars, one of the album’s specially prominent features, are everywhere, serving various purposes in each song. “Kind of Comfort”’s jittery glam rock aspirations accompany lyrics of searching and wanderlust. Even the more downbeat cuts (“In Perpetuity Through The Universe,” “New Old”) are propelled beyond their subject matter by the songs’ barely-concealed restless energy. At its more pensive moments, like the folk-inflected “Civil Inattention,” there is a restless undercurrent of texture and volatility that never quite lets up.
Album closer “Adventure Tortoise” is all monster buildup laced with extraterrestrial effects, kicking off into a sort of requiem for the band’s neighborhood. “I’d really like to stay to help this place,” growls Jon Loudon through his teeth, but the allure of letting it all go is too strong to resist. The longing for a place “where nobody knows your name” isn’t quite all-consuming enough to inspire real action, but it is definitely the new paradigm Loudon means.
It takes guts to pull off a release that feels ten minutes long but contains more emotional and musical texture than most records. Restorations cover a whole lot of ground on LP2, and for the most part, pull off their ambitions. A bit too sanguine for shoegaze, and maybe too heady for punk, Restorations’ second full-length album brings an intriguing palette of aspirations to their open road-ready sound, prepared to try anything and everything. - Alyssa Greenberg