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The Deli Philly’s May Album of the Month: LP2 - Restorations

For those who decide whether to come or go based on the first forty seconds of an album, RestorationsLP2 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


Restorations Record Release Show at FUC April 5

Sometimes writing about music requires what I like to call homework, in order to accurately discuss and describe it to you, the reader. I spend hours and hours listening to the same albums on repeat. As you can imagine, there are some where the word "chore" can be completely befitting, but I cannot say that this is true for the Restorations’ new full-length album, LP2 (SideOneDummy Records). The band has branded themselves as “grown-up punks,” which is an interesting title, but very suiting. The eclectic nature of their music succinctly captures a wide range of influences that transcends both decade and genre, thus proving that these gentlemen have been around the block. At times, their music seems too powerful to dilute with the label of punk, but it delivers the raw intensity in which the genre is known. A robust rhythm section complements the folky Americana riffs, heavy shredding, and no-nonsense chord progressions. With this latest record, Restorations have seemingly assumed the title of “Elder Punks” in this flourishing Philly scene. Head out to the First Unitarian Church tonight to help them celebrate the release of their stunning new full-length album with Self Defense Family, Exploded Drawings and Psychic Teens! First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., $10, 8pm, All Ages - Ed Newton


Restorations Release New LP & Available for Streaming

Local "grownup punks" Restorations dropped their new full-length album LP2 today via SideOneDummy Records. You can stream the record in its entirety HERE. They'll be celebrating the LP's release this Friday at the First Unitarian Church by getting up close to fans, family and friends with a floor show.  


Free Download: "Civil Inattention" - Restorations

Restorations just shared a new track this morning called "Civil Inattention," which you can download for free HERE. The song is off their upcoming album LP2 due out April 2 via SideOneDummy Records. 


New Track: "Quit" - Restorations

Restorations just premiered another new track from their upcoming album LP2 (Side One Dummy) called "Quit," which you can listen to via AbsolutePunk.net. They'll be celebrating the release of the record on Friday, April 5 at the First Unitarian Church, and you can also catch them doing an acoustic set for a Philabundance benefit on Thursday, March 28 at Yards Brewery.


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