When: Sat., June 1, 8 p.m. 2013
DIY five-piece Restorations come from Pennsylvania, one of the most fertile breeding grounds for the nation’s underground emo scene—they’re from Philly, in fact, though from the sound of their music you might assume they’re blue-collar guys from the sticks. Restorations’ nervy, cathartic punk makes it easy to picture these dudes wiping motor oil off their hands and heading into practice. Their style complements the meat and heart of the songs on their recent sophomore album, LP2 (Side One Dummy), most of which describe working-class youngsters who “work 12 hours and then wake up” (as front man Jon Loudon sings on “Let’s Blow Up the Sun”) and dream of ditching their small towns while clinging to the people there who make their lives meaningful. The scorching guitars and forceful, chugging melodies of the album’s best tracks, particularly “Kind of Comfort” and “New Old,” feel like a 70s Chevy revving onto the next exit out of town and heading for Thunder Road. —Leor Galil The Menzingers headline; Fake Problems, Restorations and Captain, We’re Sinking open. Restorations also play a free all-ages in-store show at Record Breakers at 3 PM.