Image: New Work: The Restoration

On November 9th I wrapped up one of the most rewarding projects that I’ve had the privilege to work on. When Daniel Machado from The Restoration asked me to help with the design for their new album, “Honor the Father ” months ago I was thrilled. I’ve known Daniel longer than I’ve known my youngest sibling and he has never disappointed in his creative endeavors. He is the only truly renaissance man I know.

If you aren’t familiar with the music of The Restoration you are missing out on brilliant, narrative snapshots of history in the south. Otis Taylor from the state recently summarized The Restoration’s work:

“Like the band’s previous album, 2010’s marvelous “Constance,” an examination of race, religion and gender roles in post-Civil War Lexington, the town is the same. But on this album, the time is rural Lexington around 1950, and the material mines religious radicalism, the deafening power of interpretation and the use of violence to achieve subjugation.” (read the rest of the interview) 

The Restoration does nothing half way, they don’t just create music and put it on a disc, they create a story with tangible parts and pieces making the experience participatory. They even wear period based costumes when they perform. For “Honor the Father” Daniel and I created an evidence package to help tell the story.

Each package contained the cd packaging (designed in to the time period), 7 evidence photos that act as a portrait for each song and feature the lyrics and Daniel drew a stunning map of the town of Lexington that must have belonged to the Sheriff’s office.

I don’t want to give away the mystery of the album or share every detail in the work because The Restoration’s vision deserves discovery from the viewer and listener. Below are some photos from their show last week and some images of the package. (all photos of the band © Alexis Schwallier 2012) 

I am so thankful to have been a small part of this project and I truly cannot wait to see what they do next.

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