Words by Cameron Jones. Photos by Malu Guillen-Torres.
When I first heard “Love Me Dead,” from Ludo’s third album, You’re Awful, I Love You, I was hooked without even noticing. The band has an infectious sound; they are incredibly easy to sing along to and catchy as anything. The more I listened, the more I couldn’t stop listening.
What cinched the deal for me, however, was their second album, entitled the Broken Bride. I’m a sucker for concept albums of any stripe, and this five-track gem about a desperate man manipulating time to save his wife from a horrible car accident takes you from the Cretaceous to the Zombie Apocalypse at the end of the world, pitting the unnamed hero against everything from pterodactyls to dragons, and ending with a sweet, sad piano ballad that is out of character for the band but no less poignant for it.
The last time I saw Ludo, in 2009, they played the Broken Bride in its entirety, and needless to say, I was ecstatic by the end of it. Hearing they were on tour again this year, with a new album to boot, I had some trepidation that they might not live up to my previous experience, but I knew that I had to go see them.