The Ludvico Treatment

The Ludvico Treatment

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For fans of Romantic-era poets and shoegazers alike. A solo project augmented by a 4-piece live band: swirling guitars, reverb-tinged vocals and a hard-hitting rhythm section. "Hypnotic, chimey intros that build to full on barrages of guitar." -Radio Bandcouver

Biography

The Ludvico Treatment began in 2002 as a transatlantic collaboration between Adam Veenendaal (Canada) and Alex Kennard (UK). Following a shelved EP in 2005 and a number of lineup changes, the band self-released their debut album "Romanticism" in 2007.

The music on Romanticism features a blend of swirling guitars and reverb-tinged vocals taking cues from the shoegaze era of Creation records with a louder rhythm section. A review from music blog Kaini Industries says "Romanticism doesn’t just stay in one place like most ripoff shoegaze bands do. It explores the nooks and crannies of the genre better than any other shoegaze album I have ever encountered, and I have encountered many."

In 2005 Adam took on The Ludvico Treatment as a solo project and he produced, mixed and mastered the debut album over the following two years. A live incarnation of the band made its debut in April 2007 with the CD release of Romanticism following shortly thereafter.

The live band is currently playing shows in the Vancouver area with a new release to follow suit.

Lyrics

16:22

Written By: Adam Veenendaal

Silent vigils for your loved ones
Plagiarizing bold epitaphs
Veiling condescension
Saving face for Sunday mass

Play-acting Revelations
Clutching books never read
Sanctify belligerence and
Bless your hatred

Context is subjective
Unmarked headstones - justifiable wrath
Leviticus cries furious words
Familiar stones

Play-acting Revelations
Clutching books never read
Vanity sees you fated
Crucifix in hand

Everything, Fire and Notebooks

Written By: Alexander Mark Kennard

The pact, it was ended,
The jukebox left burning in the wreckage
And regret laughed at our humanist pretense.
"These lanterns you search for
Will lead to torturous bliss"
And hopelessness is a wholly wretched defence.

Hold me,
Put your cold arms on my chin,
And here
We lie with our fingertips in everything.

Tonight you told me,
As you had so many times before,
Of all the troublesome echoes
That haunt you all the more
For their insidious truths
And lonely wrought arpeggios.

And I,
Relieved, have relieved your happy eyes.
Rest now,
You'll have forever for your desperate sighs.

And here we lay
In our murderous embrace.
Rest now,
You'll have forever for your goodbyes.

And here we lay
In our murderous embrace.
Rest now,
You'll have forever for your goodbyes.

In the eternal here, in the infernal this
You'll have forever for your goodbyes.

In the eternal here, in the infernal this
We couldn't be more paperback gorgeous.

Roads

Written By: Alexander Mark Kennard

Each appearing bend in the road
reveals another
bend in the road, breaks away,
divides the rain-drenched
fields.

Don't go back
your home is here.

Feel the desperate night
closing in
and trapping all the
light around the two of you, ask
yourself what you need
there.

Don't go back
your home is here.

And i shall quietly sit here on my own
and write another
song to pass the time, it stings like hell
like the smoke that's in my
eyes.

Don't go back
your home is here.

Panacea

Written By: Adam Veenendaal

Lucid and ambivalent
On chemicals divine
Disconnect - some slight remorse
The ends speak volumes all

We're damaged enough

Questioning our intent
One might find truths uncultured
Diffidence can breed rejection
Abject vices all

We're damaged enough

Redemption is passé
I wish I was my own gun
Glistening, immaculate
'Til fallen idols come

Feel the strain of fractured arms
Preserved in sculpture
Deprecated and forgotten
Useless monuments

Redemption's so passé
I wish I was my own god
Glistening, immaculate
'Til fallen idols come

Return us our faith
In our abandoned pleasures and
Forgive us our blatant
Worship of ourselves

A Thousand Ambassadors

Written By: Alexander Mark Kennard

Entrails, weeping, falling, failing,
Entrails, weeping, falling, failing,
Sodden, silk, sudden, failing,
Redux, flaking,

They said people would stop jumping from buildings
But where are we now?

And a thousand ambassadors,
And a thousand ambassadors,

And they said people would stop jumping from buildings
But where are we now?

Discography

CD - Romanticism (Independent release)

Radio play for lead track "16:22" in Vancouver (CFRO 102.7FM), Burnaby (CJSF 90.1 FM) and Calgary (CJSW 90.9 FM.)
Featured track on www.shoegazeradio.com.

Set List

Average set length is 30-35 minutes; includes material from debut CD "Romanticism" and upcoming album "Politeia."

Longer sets are usually 45-50 minutes depending on promoter preference. The band has over two hours of material to pull from for longer sets.

The band will occasionally play a cover during sets. Covers consist of uptempo or shoegazey material from the likes of Catherine Wheel, The Wedding Present, Spiritualized, etc.