After a whirlwind winter and spring full of touring in the United States, Philadelphia’s Restorations will finally make their way back across the pond for a headlining summer run throughout the UK including a date on July 11 at Cardiff’s Moon Club with Crazy Arm and Sam Russo for support. .
A marriage of big sounds and meaty songwriting, Restorations’ third full length, LP3, swept the music community off its feet upon initial release back in October 2014, with standout single Separate Songs leading the charge. Both the song and album have received high praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, PAPER, Noisey, Grantland, Stereogum and The A.V. Club. With LP3, Restorations has taken every potential cliché and tossed them out the window to create the most memorable and standout record of their career to date.
Andy Howells recently put questions to Jou Loudon from the band
Who are you and how did you come together?
My name’s Jon and I play guitar and sing in a band called Restorations. We got together in 2008ish after our old bands broke up.
Where are you from?
All of us are from Philadelphia.
How would you describe your music style?
What’s been your best live experience?
For our band: our record release show last fall at the First Unitarian Church basement in Philadelphia.
For me personally: Any time I saw Bear Vs Shark play in the mid 2000s.
You have a new single and album coming soon can you tell us more about that?
Our record LP3 came out last fall on SideOneDummy records. We recorded it in Philly with our good friend Jon Low. We’ve been touring quite a bit this past year off of it and really enjoy playing these songs in a live environment.
You’re touring shortly are you looking forward to that?
I can’t wait. The last time we came through the UK was fantastic. Hoping to re-live the experience.
What can people expect from your forthcoming Cardiff gig?
We’ll be playing songs from all of our albums and going a little longer than usual. We’ve got our dear friends Crazy Arm and Sam Russo as support. It’s going to be great. Our second Welsh show ever.
Will you be playing anymore Wales dates in the future?
Nothing concrete at the moment, but we’ll definitely be back. We played Le Pub in Newport previously and also had a lovely time.
Where can people hear your music?
restorations.bandcamp.com has our entire discography and links to physical copies from there.
- Visit Restorations official website
- A version of this Q&A by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on July 3, 2015.