Tours: Restorations / Creepoid / The Dirty Nil

RestorationsRestorations, Creepoid and  The Dirty Nil will be heading on tour in the new year.  Restorations continues to support their latest album, LP3, out now on SideOneDummy REecords.

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Video: Restorations – Tiny Prayers

RestorationsRestorations has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Tiny Prayers” from their new disc, LP3, released last year via SideOneDummy Records.  

Watch the video below.

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Tours: The Menzingers /Restorations / MeWithoutYou

RestorationsBoston, Philadelphia’s Restorations has announced that they will be joining forces with The Menzingers and MeWithoutYou for their full U.S. co-headlining tour this fall.  Baltimore’s Pianos Become The Teeth will serve as support on all dates. Tickets are now available.

Tour dates are below.

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Restorations Perform Acoustic Session

RestorationsRestorations recently performed an acoustic set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts sessions.  The band last released LP3 in 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.

Watch the full session below.

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Tours: Restorations / Cheap Girls

RestorationsRestorations has announced that they will be touring with Cheap Girls this Spring.  Restoration continue to support their recent full length, LP3 (SideOneDummy Records), and Cheap Girls continues to support their latest album, Famous Graves (Xtra Mile Recordings).

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Tours: PUP / Restorations / The Get Up Kids

SideOneDummy RecordsRestorations and PUP have announced that they will be joining The Get Up Kids on tour this Spring.   Restoration continue to support their recent full length, LP3, and PUP continue to pound the pavement for their self titled debut.  Both albums are available through SideOneDummy Records.

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SideOneDummy Records

Rating: 4/5




It would be easy to lump Restorations in with the straight up bar-rock scene.  Carlin Brown’s craggy, gravel pit vocals, paired with the band’s guitar heavy foundation make for quite the impactful listen.  But upon probing further, the complexity of their intent and the confidence of their notes make them more likely to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of this generation’s more fine-tuned exemplaries. 

Their third full length, LP3, plays with a dose of grandois that straddles the line between the poetic insights of The Hold Steady and vocal refinement of Franz Nicolay.  Boasting full-bodied compositions, the band’s narrative style pops handily from the woodwork as it takes on a vivid life of its own.  The disc unravels with an ease of listening that can be summed up in the casual forcefulness of those like “Seperate Songs.”  Few bands can so earnestly swell a song full of life all the while honing their emotive side with such genuine execution.  With guitars wailing dimly as if stifling an internal conflict, the tracks resonate with vulnerable rawness.  Brown might sing alone, but in this regard he’s not the only “voice.”  The dynamism of the nearly five-minute instrumental piece “Misprint” somehow avoids its status as an early intermission, clearly succeeding as a main feature.

Restorations branches out from their comfort zone as the album evolves.  “All My Home” wades in a haze of twinkly experimentation, taking the listener on a grand introspective journey, whereas those like “Most Likely A Spy” straddle the line between anthemic callouts and ritualistic shoegaze rockers.  Brown’s deeply ingrained vocals remain the undeniable constant – maintaining an earthy authenticity that never makes his towering presence overbearing or invasive.  As with Restorations’ past effort, the album remains consistent but checks out after nine tunes and under forty minutes, ending on a particularly indulgent rock tangent sure to leave a lasting impression.

With clear homage to The Boss also heavily shaping their sound, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if they followed in label alumni The Gaslight Anthem’s footsteps, eventually amping up the charm and breaking out in a big way.  At this point though, it shouldn’t be assumed that LP3 will afford that breakout – the disc is quite artsy at its core, making it easily dismissed by those looking for a quick verse-chorus-verse fix.  But as long as Restorations steer clear of the mainstream airwaves, LP3 should find a proper and appreciative audience at shows and online. 

Restorations Stream New Full Length

RestorationsRestorations has premiered a full album stream of their upcoming new disc LP3, which is due out October 28, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are now live.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy NPR.

Restorations – Separate Songs

RestorationsRestorations has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Separate Songs” and will appear on the new disc LP3, which is due out October 28, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are now live.

Listen to the song here courtesy NPR.

Restorations – Misprint

RestorationsRestorations has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Misprint” and will appear on the new disc LP3, which is due out October 28, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are now live.

Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum.

Restorations Date And Detail LP3

RestorationsRestorations has announced details for their third full length.  The disc will be titled LP3 and is due out October 28, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Track listing and album art can be found below.

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Tours: Restorations

RestorationsAfter a relatively quiet year, Philadelphia’s Restorations will embark on an eight day tour of the North East this September in support of last year’s sophomore full-length, LP2.

The dates are below.

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Restorations Announce European Headlining Tour

RestorationsPhiladelphia punk band Restorations have announced a series of dates across the UK and Europe for April and May 2014. The band are still out supporting their most recent  release, LP2 which dropped in early 2013 via SideOneDummy Records. 

Support on all dates will come from Asutrian punks Astpai and Australia’s Smith Street Band, who themselves have just finished up a coveted support slot for Frank Turner on his recent North American tour.

You can check out the video for the song D, and the full list of dates below:

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Tours: Resotrations / The Smith Street Band / Astpai

RestorationsRestorations have announce spring Euopean tour details.  The band plans to embark on along with Australia’s The Smith Street Band and Austrian basement punks Astpai.  The band continues to support LP2, which was released back in early 2013 via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Restorations – Audiotree Session

RestorationsPhiladelphia’s Restorations recently stopped by Audiotree to record a six-song, 35 minute set for them. The set features songs from both their 2011 Self Titled effort and LP2 that was released earlier this year on SideOneDummy Records.

The entire set can be seen below.

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Signals Midwest Announce New Album And Tour With Run Forever

Signals MidwestCleveland indie punks Signals Midwest have announced their new record Light on the Lake will be out in the fall via Tiny Engines Records. Ahead of the release of the bands third full length, they will be hitting the road this summer with label mates Run Forever for shows in the US and Canada. Former Tiny Engines (and current SideOneDummy) band Restorations will join them for the first few shows.

Full tour dates below.


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Restorations - Strange Behaviors


Strange Behavior

Paper + Plastick Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Can you turn that up a little louder?” It’s a question Restorations proposed to the listener on the second track, “Linear Notes;” and also a question you’ll be asking yourself when playing their newest album, Strange Behavior. Former members of Jena Berlin, No Roses, and Little League make up this Philadelphia based punk rock group that combines orgcore vocals and indie infused melodic rock with a bit of country twang thrown in too; making for a soft album but not one that needs to be any louder than it already is.

The EP opens with “Title Track” where guitars that give a western feel of sorts are accompanied by gang vocals of “woah’s” over a raspy vocalist who looks for an answer in his hometown and finds none. “Linear Notes” follows the same idea claiming “I need something different but I don’t know what it is”. It appears that two great songs have come out of Restorations’s boredome and search for answers.

The 2nd part of the EP slows it down starting with “The Reappearing American Hobo” where female vocals appear alongside a slightly less raspy voice. The two vocals contrast together beautifully as they tell a story of an argument between a couple about Jack Kerouac.

Finally, the EP ends with “Documents”; a song just 30 seconds shy of 8 minutes where the vocals sound like a mix between Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Brett Adams (The Riot Before). A slower tempo song, it makes the listener sit and actually listen to the track as the whole EP is nicely represented through this one song.

Restorations prove that a punk rock band doesn’t need to constantly be in your face and fast paced. Even punks gotta settle down, relax, and enjoy themselves every once in a while.

Tours: Restorations / The Menzingers / Captain We’re Sinking / Fake Problems

RestorationsRestorations will be heading on tour in support of the brand new album, LP2, which dropped today via SideOneDummy Records.  The tour will include a string of dates alongside The Menzingers, Captain We’re Sinking and Fake Problems.  

Full tour listings can be found below.

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SideOneDummy Signs Restorations

RestorationsPhiladelphian atmospheric rockers Restorations have signed joined the SideOneDummy Records family.  Signer/Guitarist Jon Loudon expresses the band’s excitement:

“All any band wants is to work with people that understand them. SideOne has been on the same page with us every step of the way. It’s a total thrill to be on the same label with so many classic, great bands too. Everyone is feeling really lucky that we get to make a record at this level with such a great team of people helping us out.”

The band’s sophomore EP is expected out in early 2013, with work beginning in Miner Street Studios, Philadelphia on August 15th with producer Jon Low (Kurt Vile, Dr. Dog, mewithoutYou).

Restorations – B

RestorationsRestorations have debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “B” and is from their upcoming 7″ entitled A/B.  

Give it a listen here courtesy PunkNews.

The vinyl will be released via Tiny Engines on June 12, 2012.

Restorations: “A”

RestorationsPhiladelphia, PA’s Restorations just finished recording a new  7″ titled A/B set to be released this June through Tiny Engines Records. The band recorded the two track EP  at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia with Jon Low (Twin Sister, mewithoutYou, Dr. Dog, Sharon Van Etten

You can stream the first track off A/B, simply titled “A”, on Alternative Press right now.

Restorations is currently writing for their upcoming sophomore full-length, tentatively scheduled for early 2013. 

The release follows up Restorations critically-acclaimed Self-Titled debut LP, released on Tiny Engines in 2011.

Tours: Restorations

RestorationsRestorations has just announced an East Coast Tour in October – including stops at CMJSouthband and Down and The FEST – in support of their self-titled debut LP released earlier this year on Tiny Engine Records.

Joining the Philly outfit will be Look Mexico and Red Collar. The dates are below.

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Restorations – Switchboard Sessions

RestorationsFor anyone who is not familiar with the Switchboard Sessions, the aim is to share stories and musicians and their music along with providing free downloads of live recordings which are done over the phone.  Restorations are the latest band to take part in the Switchboard Sessions where they recorded two tracks, “Nonlocality” and “Canadian Club.”

Click here to read the story about the band and download the tracks.

Four Songs From Restorations

RestorationsTiny Engines has announced that the Self Titled debut full length from Philadelphia’s Restorations is now available for pre-order.   The album was recorded by Algernon Cadwallader‘s Joe Reinhart (My Heart To Joy, Monument, Snowing) and mixed by Jonathan Low (Dr. Dog, Danielson, mewithoutYou).  The new album is the bands follow up to their 2010 Paper + Plastick EP Strange Behavior as well as their recent 7″ split with Rosetta (Cavity Records) and debut 7″ Of Trees / Frankford on Evil Weevil Records.

The official release date for the vinyl  is April 19, 2011, but pre-orders will ship weeks in advance.  The eight song LP will be available in 3 limited color variations ((300 x black 180 gram, 150 x clear / yellow swirl, 50 x clear / black swirl) and features gatefold jackets with art and design by Bruno Guerreiro.  Digitally, the album is slated for a March 22nd release via iTunes and camp.  Click here for more details.

To preview the album, Restorations have posted four tracks for download at various locations.  You can download “Neighborhood Song” here from Epitonic.  “West River can be streamed from Burning Building Recordings.  Two other tracks are also available,  “When You’re Older”, can be streamed from AP, and ” Broken Vacuum” can be downloaded from RCRD LBL.

Restorations Sign To Tiny Egines

RestorationsPhiladelphia’s Restorations have signed to Tiny Engines Records and will release their self-titled debut full length on April 19th, 2011.

Recorded by Algernon Cadwallader‘s Joe Reinhart (My Heart To Joy, Monument, Snowing) and mixed by Jonathan Low (Dr. Dog, Danielson, mewithoutYou), the Self-Titled LP is the follow up to Restorations‘ 2010 EP Strange Behavior on Paper + Plastick, as well as the band’s recent 7″ split with Rosetta on Cavity Records.

The new album will feature eight songs and be limited to 500 vinyl LPs (300 x black 180 gram, 150 x clear w/ yellow swirl, 50 x clear w/ black swirl) and features gatefold jackets with art and design by Bruno Guerreiro. Pre-orders will launch next week, as well as an early digital release date via iTunes and Bandcamp near the end of March.

The band has released two tracks from it. Broken Vacuum can be heard her while the track “When You’re Older” can be streamed at Alternative Press.

Paper + Plastick Signs Restorations

Paper + Plastick RecordsPaper + Plastick has announced the signing of Philadelphia’s Restorations to their growing roster.  The Gainesville based label plans on releasing the EP Strange Behavior digitally on May forth.

The first offering from the EP, “Title Track,” is available for stream on the label’s homepage media player.