Debut album from Philadelphia's RESTORATIONS. While often described simply as music for "grown-up punks" the appeal of Philadelphia's RESTORATIONS is much broader, speaking loudly to fans of everything from shoegaze and indie-rock, folk/ punk and beard-core.
If we were to speak in metaphors, Restorations is like a menacing storm on the horizon, steadily rumbling across dusty plains and jagged mountains and enveloping everything in its path. Its impending arrival is a nail-biting experience and the anticipation is nearly as dramatic as the actual event, which in itself is a moving, white-knuckled affair. Pouring down dense sheets of cathartic sound, Restorations washes away the throngs of stale, unimaginative bands that pollute the once-inspired reservoirs of independent music and breathes new air into tired lungs.
Perhaps that’s why this Self-Titled effort speaks so loudly to us “over-the-hill” punk rockers. It’s not that Restorations is a band comprised of jaded old punks; it’s that some of us have been around long enough to hear (what feels like) everything music has to offer. Every once in a while we need a group to cleanse our palates and get us stoked on the scene again. For these ears – and I’m sure many of yours – Restorations is that band, and the term “grown-up punk” is not about leaving behind the fire of our youth but rather the exciting possibilities and new frontiers that years of experience can underline.
"...their formula, a rich sound built up on the basis of folk punk and beardcore, has solidified here, and they've released a truly fantastic record." - Punknews.org
"It’s a record of simplicity, and therein lies the beauty of it. By masterfully taking the clearly-defined punk format and seamlessly sewing spacious shoegaze into it, Restorations have not only crafted one of the top punk albums of 2011, but also a record that could, and should, extend beyond the hearts of genre aficionados." - Rock Freaks
"FEST 10 - BEST DEBUT: RESTORATIONS - Speaking of Loosey’s, it was at capacity Sunday night for Restorations’ set, and the Philadelphia band feed off the energy of the crowd, delivering an immense set heavy on their excellent self-titled debut released earlier this year. Look for them in a larger venue at Fest 11, as the buzz is sure to only grow." - Alternative Press
"This, my fellow music fans, is the diamond in the rough for this years' top records. That record that you had no clue about, but when you hear it you're instantly hooked." - Stereokiller.com