Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto Vs. Restorations
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:07:24
Restorations dropped their new album LP3. And because we love them and we love Philly, which is where they are from, we decided to do the Philly edition of Take Aim. Only a select few bands get to twist the usual TA questions and since these dudes are on their second tour of TA duty, we left the floor open to 'em.
Best Philly venue and why?
The First Unitarian Church will always be the best venue that Philadelphia is lucky enough to have. It's been a mecca for DIY music booking, promotion, and performance since the day they allowed the right people to rent out their basement. It can fit a good crowd but it isn't so big that those in the back can't feel part of the show. It's literally a Church basement, so there are none of the rock 'n roll frills that can stigmatize a musical performance. It's been an honor each time to play there and Restorations gets to do it again on 11/15 for the LP3 record release show.
Fave restaurant & place to eat?
"High" brow: Zahav: An amazing take on modern and classic Israeli/Middle Eastern Food. The chef's tasting menu, headlined by slow-roasted lamb shoulder, is one of the best meals you can find just about anywhere. But remember you have to order it at least 48 hours in advance.
"Low" brow: Liberty Choice: An unassuming corner deli under the El subway line that has a surprisingly healthy grocery selection amidst the standard chips, hoagies, burgers and fries. When there, definitely treat yourself to some of the city's best falafel. And order it spicy.
Having lived and spent time in most of the neighborhoods this city has to offer, each has it's own personality. There's not one 'best' neighborhood. Depends what you're looking to do at that particular moment. Life can change in just a few short blocks.
Best kept secret?
Philadelphia has the best bands, promoters, and venues from Union Transfer to (shhh!) DIY house shows. Or is that not a secret anymore?
Best song on your new album & why? Which song should we listen to first and why?
Best song on LP3? That will always be in a state of flux. Feelings and associations change as these songs become a regular part of live shows. As of right now, it's been a fun challenge playing 'Most Likely a Spy.' It's simple in appearance yet complex in the details. But first you should check out 'Separate Songs.' It's not just the lead single, it happens to feature a great cross section of what Restorations does best. And you can and should easily find the video we made for it on YouTube.
Biggest misconception about the City of Brotherly Love?
That we're the neglected sibling stuck between New York and Washington DC. Philly has its own sort of swagger in this strange East Coast family. It would take considerable force to consider leaving here.
Fave local band that we need to know about?
Just one? Not possible. How do you choose only one incredible band from Philly without insulting friends! For politics sake, check out the lineup for the aforementioned LP3 release show: Hurry, Three Man Cannon, and Cayetana are all stellar have great records out right now.
What is your fave thing about Philly?