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There are many out there proclaiming RESTORATIONS the best band that exists today, and with yet another unclassifiable, stunning release, it’s become pretty hard to argue with them. Side “A” is maybe the best example of their unique sound- rustic, gritty, slight distorted and with warm riffs complementing Jon Loudon’s raspy voice. Side “B” is the more driving, reckless track, a quicker tempo with hazy reverb and a jam band style ending. One of their best songs to date, “B” builds up into memorable choruses and even tosses in a guitar solo toward the end.

As per usual with this label you get nice artwork, good packaging and colored vinyl on the first pressing of 500. Something to tide you over until their next LP (which will be on SideOneDummy), these two songs are nothing short of breathtaking. (Tom Haugen)

A/B doesn’t seem calculated, it seems inevitable.
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Independent Clauses: Restorations A/B Review

Restorations‘ self-titled album was one of my favorites of the year in 2011, and their A/B 7″ is impressive enough to be in the conversation for 2012, even though it’s a scant two songs. The tunes, appropriately named “A” and “B,” have all of the passion and power of their self-titled release while adding more creative songwriting tricks. This rock band doesn’t v/c/v; they swoop in and out with guitars, throw down raging sections of gruff sing-a-long, knock it down to build it back up, and more in the 10:17 that Restorations throws at you.

And it is hurled across the table at you; there’s a headlong fervor in these songs that comes from the fact that they’re really good at writing songs and playing their instruments. It sounds like they’ve not only done their homework, but they’ve been the homework. You can almost hear them building off old songs from their old bands, taking sudden corners that they wouldn’t have taken before, going over there when the established move is staying over here in this area. This is music that doesn’t feel like packaged, self-aware pop songs. These songs feel like an unstoppable overflow. A/B doesn’t seem calculated, it seems inevitable. How could you not want in on something that gripping?

(via tinyengines)

In short, the two halves of A/B 7” represent big songs for sunny skies, wide-open roads, and a hefty sense of grandeur as we seek out something bigger than ourselves. Restorations - making grown-up rock-n-roll for real people and real lives.
Continuing on their path to world music domination and becoming the first band to play the International Space Station (wait for it), Restorations are back with a little slice of rock ‘n’ roll pie. And of course this pie is delicious with it’s whipped cream topping and Oreo crumb crust; Restorations wouldn’t screw you by giving you Peach Cobbler or Strawberry Rhubarb, this shit is the real deal. Rainbow sprinkles, check! Peanut Butter Cups, check! Total guitar shreddage, fuck yes! It’s a fact that the song names on this 7” are abbreviations for “A” AWESOME and “B” BAD-ASS. Pack your bags fellas, NASA is calling.
For whatever reason, it seems that a particular city or region’s music scene will all become super prolific at once and really make its’ mark on a certain genre. D.C. had its heyday of straight edge punk in the ’80s, southern California’s brand of early ’90s pop-punk is undeniable and right now Philadelphia seems to be having its moment in the limelight.

Album Review: Restorations - A/B 7”

already-heardmusic:

7 inches are the homemade apéritifs of music. If they’re good, then they will entice the taste buds and the willing victim will consequently expect the same pleasurable qualities in the bigger, more substantial dish. On the other hand, a poor showing on the apéritifs will likely lead to a lack of interest for what might come next. 7 inches, therefore, conceivably have the likelihood of new fans poised on the tightest balance. THANKFULLY, Restorations have delivered a savoury and nuanced apéritif with ‘A/B.

Delivered at a comfortable mid-tempo, ‘A’ is a tale of two halves. The opening two minutes are a somewhat leaner little brother to the second pair of minutes with Jon Loudon’s warm raspy vocals proving the focal point until a clearly delimited break turns the song into its louder, meatier homologue. The two portions do effectively contain the same elements, but the second half builds on the foundations of its counterpart by adding backing vocals, crashing cymbals and, in the final few measures, the sad distant repetition of the track’s stand-out line. In some places, the song is reminiscent of Sharks and The Gaslight Anthem.

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Restorations is the kind of band that makes music that sounds like life is worth living. This is notable in a brand new single they’ve done for the Tiny Engines label, with songs that are simply called “A” (representing the A-side) and “B” (its flip). “A” sounds like something you might find easily on the kind of radio with the just right amount of hooks to make people sing but with the perfect amount of distorted angst that will make people go “oh, what is this?” But the more adventurous song is on the flip, thus the B-side wins again. “B” goes on for a little over six minutes, and they’re not afraid of trying to limit themselves for a hit format. In fact, that idea is thrown out by the half way point where the band turn up the amps and out comes a wicked guitar solo that sounds almost influenced by Indian classical music, or at least its reverb helps to add a distant-yet-near vibe that makes me wish it lasted for another minute or so, I loved it that much. It sounds like freedom, and it feels good. Once again, these songs feel like it could save someone’s life.
Effectively embracing simplicity is an underlying tenet of their finest songs; ‘A’ the imaginatively-titled A-side of their upcoming 7’ inch is effortless in its sweeping grandiosity. The guitars peal like church bells before they’re cut off at the pass by a bounding bass line; shrinking back to allow Jon Loudon’s husky tones to take centre stage, before resuming the thunderously melodic onslaught.

Restorations are surely on the cusp of something special, and it’s surely only a matter of time before they garner the level of acclaim and recognition that they deserve.
Maybe it’s because I am child of the ’90s that I heart Restorations so much. Unlike most of the crap put in the mainstream, this is one local outfit that wraps itself so tightly around the passionate, bleeding heart melodies of the yesteryear’s indie rock - the overwhelming seduction of shoegaze interrogations, the breathless melancholy of campus rock beer stains, the ballsy behavior of reckless post-punk, and the story-telling missives of modern Americana. It’s sonic nostalgia that never seems out-dated. In every daring chord, in every dusky intone, in every pleading rhythm, there is Restorations’ imprint. And tonight at The Barbary, it will pair perfectly with Kite Party’s beating heart alt-rock and End of a Year Self Defense Family’s rusty New York post-hardcore shrills. Yup, that’s the stuff. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 7:30pm, $10, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia / The Deli Philadelphia

Jump Mag / Bad Publicity Blog

The stress and monotony of studio work is almost unfathomable to non-musicians. But Philadelphia indie/punk/rock band Restorations seems to take what could be a chore and turn it into a celebration.

Beth Ann hung out with the band while they were tracking vocals for their upcoming 7-inch release on the label Tiny Engines. They were practically giddy to be holed-up for an extended weekend in Miner Street Studios, located in the Fishtown area of Philly and responsible for such recordings as Kurt Vile’s “So Outta Reach” and Sharon Van Etten’s “Tramp,” as well as projects likeShaking Through. The 7-inch is being produced and engineered by veteran music man, Jon Low.

Though the two tracks are simply titled “A” and “B” as of now, they each have the capacity to be a fan favorite from the band’s repertoire. If you’ve never heard Restorations before, they sound like what would happen if Bruce Springsteen were to be chewed up by ‘70s punk and spit out into the current indie rock movement.

Got to hang out with Beth Ann from Jump Magazine/Bad Publicity on Friday. Full article here.

A very kind review of our show in Montreal this past weekend. This was one of our favorite shows ever. (Pardon the Google Translation from French…) 

The moment I expected most of the evening was this one, find myself in front of a band I know absolutely nothing. These are small moments that I love, and the surprise was sized with Restorations. At first contact, I thought I had to deal with a group emo-pop of the early 2000s. Their look and school “guys of-all-the-day” I was puzzled as much of the hearing elsewhere. I was not sure what to expect, but to my surprise it was really energetic and catchy. Although the compositions were very clean, the guitar riffs were micro-terribly compelling and they were played with an energy beyond my expectations. I do not know if you’ve already experienced this kind of experience you also, when you know a group album and the result is completely in concert erupted from what you knew? Groups such as Gift From Enola, Twilight Sad, My Disco or Les Savy Fav are a perfect example because delivering the goods with a shovel. It was just the case of Restorations who offered a pop-post-hardcore super clean, executed with a surprising and very positive energy. There is nothing better than seeing a band that loves what he does, it’s the very reason for our presence in concert halls. We go to see bands having fun and having a good time, then it is sad to come across formations that are routinely and without energy. It was not the case in this group that I recommend to everyone, this is not very intense or bad, but good god that feels good. It was a 30 minutes too fast for my taste, I will not hesitate to represent me to see them again, what appeared to be the overall reaction of the crowd seemed initially reluctant and totally spellbound to the end. Restorations made the discovery if it is not yet done little friendly advice.

A very kind review of our show in Montreal this past weekend. This was one of our favorite shows ever. (Pardon the Google Translation from French…) 

The moment I expected most of the evening was this one, find myself in front of a band I know absolutely nothing. These are small moments that I love, and the surprise was sized with Restorations. At first contact, I thought I had to deal with a group emo-pop of the early 2000s. Their look and school “guys of-all-the-day” I was puzzled as much of the hearing elsewhere. I was not sure what to expect, but to my surprise it was really energetic and catchy. Although the compositions were very clean, the guitar riffs were micro-terribly compelling and they were played with an energy beyond my expectations. I do not know if you’ve already experienced this kind of experience you also, when you know a group album and the result is completely in concert erupted from what you knew? Groups such as Gift From Enola, Twilight Sad, My Disco or Les Savy Fav are a perfect example because delivering the goods with a shovel. It was just the case of Restorations who offered a pop-post-hardcore super clean, executed with a surprising and very positive energy. There is nothing better than seeing a band that loves what he does, it’s the very reason for our presence in concert halls. We go to see bands having fun and having a good time, then it is sad to come across formations that are routinely and without energy. It was not the case in this group that I recommend to everyone, this is not very intense or bad, but good god that feels good. It was a 30 minutes too fast for my taste, I will not hesitate to represent me to see them again, what appeared to be the overall reaction of the crowd seemed initially reluctant and totally spellbound to the end. Restorations made the discovery if it is not yet done little friendly advice.

stillsmokin:

Top 25 Albums of 2011 (#25-21)

21.) Restorations - Restorations
Restorations are a pretty unique band. One would think that the combination of Post-Rock, Alt. Country, and Punk would not got together at all. But Restorations are a band that seems to defy expectations. The sounds of lush orchestration with down home twang and gruff vocals work so well together it’s surprising. The self titled album has shown up on many other end of a year lists, making it one of the best reviewed albums of 2011. If you are a fan of Explosions in the Sky, Lucero, and The Gaslight Anthem, then you really need to give this album a listen. Throw in an awesome album cover, and the package is perfect.