The sound of muffled guitar breaks through the walls. We’re here to observe Restorations as they record their third full-length and second for SideOneDummy.
Earlier this year, I pitched Jamie at SideOneDummy on an in-studio profile of Restorations, as I knew they were about to hit Miner Street to begin recording LP3. I’d become friendly with the guys since moving to Philly and figured that, between our established rapport, the band’s immense talent and the “buzz” surrounding a new album from them, that we could potentially do something really cool and different. She agreed, even though I didn’t have an outlet to publish the piece yet. I figured interest would be high enough that finding a home for it would be easy. I dearly missed music writing, and this seemed like a good way to get back into it.
I went to Miner Street one night after work as the guys were just a few days into their recording session, and then took a half day off from work the following week to check on their progress and, hopefully, form something resembling a narrative. Those two days were so, so much fun, and so challenging and educational to me. It’s my hope that that sense of fun, and camaraderie between the band and Low, is portrayed well enough here. I feverishly took notes anytime something interesting or funny happened, which was often; when I sat down to begin writing the piece, it was one of the better reminiscing experiences I’d had in a while.
I uh, didn’t have a lot of luck pitching this piece initially, which surprised and then humbled me. John V over at WXPN’s The Key expressed interest early on though, and I’m thrilled that we ended up collaborating on it—his interjections made the profile a lot more well-rounded, and he’s a wonderful editor to boot. So yeah, I’m feeling pretty good today that after 6+ months, thousands of words, a lot of emailing, at least a couple dozen unsure thoughts, and much waiting around, that this thing is finally live. I hope you’ll read it. Thanks.