Restorations, Young Statues and Broken Spirit captivate at Johnny Brenda’s

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Restorations | Photo by Sameer Rao
Restorations | Photo by Sameer Rao

A brief, humble salutation by a recently de-beareded Jon Loudon preceded three snare hits before Philly’s own beloved Restorations launched into “Misprint” and kicked off a searing set at Johnny Brenda’s. This was the quintet’s first Philadelphia show in months, capping off a long tour in support of their excellent and sophisticated LP3, whose roomy and anthemic songs punctuated key points throughout the set (which also featured many songs from 2013’s LP2).

A near-capacity audience stood transfixed by the band’s intense energy and tight musicianship. Lead singer Loudon’s gruff baritone cut through the lush instrumental mix for uplifting sing-along anthems that carried the audience well into late-night.

Strong sets from Broken Spirit and Young Statues set the mood for what would become a communal and altogether heartwarming group of sets. Check out a gallery of pictures from the concert below.

 

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