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Ludo – You’re Awful, I Love You

Posted by Gabe on January 16, 2008

Saint Louis based rock band Ludo are set to release their major label debut on February 26th. They recorded the album in L.A. over a stretch of approximately two months. Matt LudoWallace who has worked with artists such as Faith No More, Maroon 5 and Blues Traveler produced.

One thing many of the artists Matt Wallace has worked with have in common is they feature well crafted songs. Ludo is no exception to this. You’re Awful I Love Youis full of terrific harmonies and hooks. Imagine songs as catchy as the jangly guitar pop Fountains of Wayne creates, and lyrics as cynical as Warren Zevon’s. That would give you an entry point to understand Ludo’s sound. They are however, much more than that.

Their stated motto is to “entertain people without making them dumber.” They achieve that goal on their major label debut. “You’re Awful, I Love You” is an incredibly entertaining, catchy, easily accessible album to listen to. But it has a ton of substance and not only bears but rewards repeated listening. Beneath the amusing lyrics there are layers of musical complexity. On some tunes, guitar is out-front. In other cases the guitar takes a back seat to the Moog Synth that Tim Convy plays to great effect. On every song they manage to create wildly catchy melodic rock with great harmonies and darkly amusing lyrics. If that sounds like your cup of tea I recommend marking the February 26th release date on your calendar and grabbing “You’re Awful, I Love You” before everyone else on your block has it. Ludo sounds like they’re poised for great things. Don’t be the last one to catch on.

2 Responses to “Ludo – You’re Awful, I Love You”

  1. Susannah said

    I would just like to point out that Ludo is one of the most fabulous bands out there, and not just because of their fantastic music: Their stage presence is unbelievable. You should love them.

    Kansas City, MO
    The Record Bar
    1020 Westport Rd
    Anything But Joey
    “You’re Awful, I Love You”
    All Ages

    Chicago, IL
    The Metro
    3730 N. Clark Street
    State & Madison
    “You’re Awful, I Love You”

    St. Louis, MO
    The Pageant
    6161 Delmar Street
    “You’re Awful, I Love You”

  2. Jen said

    Not very many bands could persuade me to make a seven-hour road trip to see one of their shows. Ludo is one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen and I am very excited for the new album.

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