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Album Review: Restorations – “LP5000”

The moody, rootsy, punk-adjacent rock of Restorations has always represented a war between the grounded and the ethereal. Maybe that’s its raison d’etre. It forges broken relationships and melancholy into something divine, while pulling divinity down from its pedestal and into our gutters. It’s a marriage between why we play music in the first place—the expressive drive; and how we play it—the artistic drive. The end result sounds like an amalgam of Fugazi, Constantines, The Menzingers, Hot Water Music, and My Bloody Valentine—and the only ones playing this particular amalgam are Restorations.

LP5000 is their latest full-length, on the heels of three well-loved albums and a handful of singles. This one is noticeably shorter, seven songs at twenty-four minutes—a grey area between album and EP that in the end, feels more complete than many longer works. Here, they’re just as anthemic, vulnerable, and experimental as they’ve always been—but the heart of Restorations is still in rock ‘n roll.

Album opener “St.” opens with feedback before succumbing to a steady, hypnotic, and bassy drum rhythm. Drumming usually escapes me completely, I’m as arrhythmic as they come and for me, a song’s quality usually starts and stops at its lyrics and melody. But here, and across the entirely of LP5000 I was entranced by the mesmeric rhythms—they don’t just back the music here, they’re as fundamental as the plaintive vocals and spidery guitar lines. Between the drums, grungy chorus, and the short, but whiplash guitar solo, “St.” serves as a reminder of Restorations’ roots—a broken-in, world weary vision of rock ‘n roll.

“Nonbeliever” is a highlight of the album, with its tense shuffle, portrait-like lyricism, and emo-influenced palm-muted guitar riffs. The lyricism here is beautiful, softly political, and at points conversational. I always appreciate when songwriter’s bring a sense of time, place, and age into their words. “Said you’ve found the trick: just be bad at your job/ If you burn all the fries, they’re gonna make you the king,” paints a picture of youthful struggle, the self-deprecation we utilize to make peace with a living we don’t want to fight for. “Nonbeliever” is an ode to being born into adulthood, chronicling a struggle doomed to bloom into complacency.

There are some interesting choices made on LP5000 production’s, but with a band like Restorations, no choice really feels outside their already fairly broad boundaries. The programmed beat, sounding like pulsating static, on “Melt” comes to mind. But it’s used to even greater effect on ending track “Eye,” giving a sort of eerie and desolate tone to the slice-of-life narration. The dead-air drums in the background, a perfect juxtaposition between the technologically-complex world we live in and the human relationships that define us. It explodes into squealing guitars and a massive chorus, the sound of Restorations using every tool at their disposal to feel and be felt.

LP5000 is more of the same, when the same has always been top-notch. Restorations is a band with nothing to prove, and yet, they are one of the most exciting working in the greater punk rock arena. They’re as lyrical as their contemporaries and just as catchy, yet they push their sound into spacey, angular directions. Perhaps the band’s greatest feat is making this feel effortless. Restorations experimentation is an extension of their identity, it comes off as natural and unpretentious. LP5000 is seven great songs, and everything else is just what it took to make them great.


Restorations stream new album “LP5000”

Philly punk band Restorations are streaming their new album, LP5000, which was released on September 28th via Tiny Engines.

You can give it a listen below.

Restorations last released LP3 in 2014.

Restorations stream new song “Nonbeliever”

Philly punk band Restorations are streaming their new song, “Nonbeliever,” which comes from their upcoming album LP5000 that is scheduled for a September 28 release via Tiny Engines.

You can give it a listen below.

Restorations last released LP3 in 2014.

Restorations announce fall tour dates

Philly punk band Restorations have announced a list of dates for a tour they will be embarking on this fall. They will be touring in support of their upcoming album LP5000 which is scheduled for a September 28 release via Tiny Engines.

See the tour dates below.

Restorations stream new track “The Red Door” off of upcoming album “LP5000”

Philly punks Restoration are now streaming their new track, “The Red Door” which comes off of their new album LP5000 via Tiny Engines. This is the band’s first full-length release since 2014.

Check out the new track below!

Restorations to release new album “LP5000” on Tiny Engines

Philadelphia-based band Restorations have announced they are releasing a new album in September. The album will be called LP5000 and will be released via Tiny Engines. Their last release, LP3, was released in 2014.

They will also be playing a few shows on the east coast this summer. You can see those dates below.

Breakin’ Even Fest announces lineup (Sidekicks, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Restorations, etc)

Washington DC’s, Breakin’ Even Fest 2 recently announced their full lineup for May 5 & 6th @ Songbyrd DC, and this year it’ all ages!

To learn more about the festival check the Breakin’ Even Fest website for tickets and info, or follow them on Facebook.

Restorations announce tour with Creepoid and The Dirty Nil

Philadelphia rockers Restorations have announced an upcoming US tour with support from Creepoid and The Dirty Nil.

Check out all the dates and locations below.

Restorations last released LP3 in 2014 on SideOneDummy Records.  Creepoid last released Cemetery Highrise Slum on June 23, 2015 via Collect Records.  The Dirty Nil last released a 2-song 7″ in August of 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Music Video: Restorations – “Tiny Prayers”

Philadelphia rockers Restorations have premiered a music video for their song “Tiny Prayers”. You can watch the video below.

“Tiny Prayers” is taken from Restorations’ latest album LP3, which was released nearly a year ago on SideOneDummy Records.

Pianos Become The Teeth and Restorations added to The Menzingers and mewithoutYou tour

The Menzingers and mewithoutYou previously announced some fall US tour dates, and it looks like Baltimore post-hardcore band Pianos Become The Teeth and Philadelphia rockers Restorations will be joining those dates as well.  If you haven’t already checked out the tour dates, you can see those below.

Restorations announce spring tour dates with Cheap Girls

We already told you about the  Restorations‘ spring tour with PUP and  The Get Up Kids, but they just announced even more dates.  Restorations added another 11 shows with Michigan’s  Cheap Girls.  You can find all of the dates for their tour below.

Restorations most recently released LP3 on SideOneDummy Records.

Restorations and PUP announce spring tour with The Get Up Kids

Philadelphia’s Restorations and Toronto punks PUP are heading out on a short tour this spring with 90s emo band The Get Up Kids.  You can find all the dates below.

You can also find Restorations and PUP on the SideOneDummy label, which released PUP’s self-titled debut and Restorations’ LP3, both in 2014.

Album Review: Restorations – “LP3”

Restorations‘ last record, LP2, was my album of the year for 2013. The album was short but full of the kind of huge guitar work that I love to hear in bands of their ilk (Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, etc). But it was still a grower. A success story. “New Old” was a great track, and the rest of the album slowly grabbed my attention until I was listening to it everyday. It’s intricacy is where it excelled, and lyrically it started to build. It was a fantastic work of punk fury and classic rock hooks. LP3 had a lot to live up to.

Where LP2 let songs grow, and exists in a huge space, LP3 shows more restraint, pulling in small, post-rock kind of sounds. Restorations know how to use this sound. “Misprint” sounds restrained through clear guitar and gentle drums. And on the single, “Separate Songs,” the band builds for what feels like forever before the song explodes in its choruses, and specifically at the bridge. The band then pulls back again, all the way back, leaving a cavernous empty space.

Even on “Tiny Prayers,” the song that sounds the most like any previous Restorations material, the vocal style changes. Yelling in punk rarely has the emotion the vocalist is likely going for, but there’s a deliberateness and desperation in singer Jon Loudon’s voice, matching some of the genre’s best emotive vocalists.

I think the big standout on LP3 is on the closer, “It’s Not.” The song is a huge, 7 minute epic that is full of the kind of enormous sound that the band is showing their penchant for. LP3 takes what the band built with their 2013 breakout, and expand, twist, and grow that sound, never losing sight of themselves. Definitely a must listen for 2014.

Restorations stream new album “LP3”

Philadelphia rockers Restorations are streaming their new album, LP3, on NPR and you can check it out right here!

LP3 is set to be released on October 28th through SideOne Dummy Records. It will serve as a follow-up to 2013′s LP2.

Video: Restorations play “Separate Songs” on Little Elephant Sessions

Philadelphia rockers Restorations recently played their new-ish song “Separate Songs” on Little Elephant Sessions. You can check out a video of the in-studio performance below.

The band’s upcoming album LP3 is set to be released on October 28th through SideOne Dummy Records. It will serve as a follow-up to 2013’s LP2.