Monday, September 20, 2010
Live Review - Ludo - Diesel - 9/12/10 - Pittsburgh - Concert Review - Show Review
Surprise, surprise. I have fallen in love with yet another first act! Tommy and The High Pilots were the most perfect way to start the night. They wasted no time with introductions, though most of us were scratching our heads at where they had come from, and started off with the song "Round N' Round." I could hardly contain myself, especially when I saw Ludo's drummer Matt Palermo playing drums (later I found out that he is a permanent member). Their sound blends acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard, good old bass, and vocal harmonies. I could not help but think The Raconteurs + The Killers + pretty much any band on a greatest rock and roll radio countdown of the past thirty years. They are relatively new to the scene, forming in 2008 in Santa Barbara, California. They have two albums, "Everynight," and, "American Riviera." Members from Ludo, Tim Convy and Tim Ferrel, made appearances during their set that really got the crowd to fall in love with the act.
Andrew, Matt, Tim and Tim took the stage and the crowd roared. It's an image I can hardly believe. I remember when Ludo opened for Relient K, and House of Heroes in 2008 and the crowd at Club Zoo basically boo Ludo. After "You're Awful, I Love You," their first album made after signed to Island Records that same year Ludo rarely left the road. They played a few Headlining tours before taking a break to get married and pursue other projects. When they came back this year, they also brought, "Prepare the Preparations" and the same eccentric performance on stage. Tommy from Tommy and The High Pilots played bass for them, and really brought the heat. My only worries were that they would play a lot from their newest album and I would not get to hear anything older than "You're Awful..." but they started the set with "Drunken Lament" and did not play anything from their new album until about the fourth song. I was not the only one singing along when I looked at the crowd. Ludo always sound so good, and always have a maximum amount of energy that makes their set impossible not to enjoy. A beautiful moment was when Andrew was abandoned by his band and played "Horror of Our Love" with just his electric guitar and voice. They played a long and well balanced set.
-Laura Lee Burkhardt