The Ludvico Treatment
Gig Seeker Pro

The Ludvico Treatment


Band Alternative Rock


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"Romanticism (album review)"

It has been established that there is such thing as new, original shoegaze, although it is rare and usually disposable. And then there is the majority of the genre, the stuff that sticks close to the roots and does not really bring anything new to the table. I could fill pages of albums from bands that have no originality whatsoever and are nothing more than a pack of cigarettes to be smoked through, and the carton thrown away. The Ludvico Treatment are probably just another band of this type, but something about them is compelling.

It baffles me that this is the first shoegaze album entitled Romanticism. The word might as well be the unflappable thesis of the genre. That said, 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. Each song seems to come from a different direction. Of course, there has to be My Bloody Valentine influence, and the opening track 16:22 makes a not so underhanded throwback to Only Shallow. But it is likeable, in any case. The gentle Affectations is more attuned to The Catherine Wheel. Olivia My Love screams Ride. And perhaps the most interesting influence, and I’m pretty sure about this one, is the obscure My Bloody Valentine rarity, 2, which surfaces through the second to last song on Romanticism, (Everything.). Amazing.

In a word, this is an album that shoegaze entrepreneurs (if there is such a thing) will oogle over for longer than usual, because it tries more than one style. Which means they don’t really have any particular style or sound to distinguish them. We weren’t expecting them to. The flipside is that The Ludvico treatment can write some pretty nice pop melodies, and we love shoegaze, so it is a winning combo. Highlights are not few. Olivia My Love is the bittersweet aural sonnet. Affectations is a reminder that acoustic guitars do work in shoegaze if handled well enough. I was particularly impressed with Let Love Come in Through the Window. It surprised me. It sounded like it was going to be trite jock rock, or nu-metal, or something, up until the chorus, which turns everything inside out. Shoegaze doesn’t usually have screaming. It works here.

Romanticism has a couple sinkers, though. …And He Is Trapped in Ever After has a very tired melody. The closer, 11.22.63, is mostly angry Crossfade-esque guitar work played over a recording of the famous news report covering the Kennedy assassination as it happened on said date. It feels like wasted time that this cliche ends up being the album’s closing statement.

It should also be said that for a self released album, the production values here are impeccable. They almost sound too good for me to believe they aren’t professional. If they aren’t, they were probably slaved over. The moody, acoustic pieces are quite well treated, and the walls of noise sound refined. Whoever did this job gets mad props.

Romanticism is fun, more fun than most disposable shoegaze albums I have heard. It is still wishy washy, and the band has not developed a style here. I would expect a second album to steer itself more in one direction. Guesses? Maybe either mostly gentle acoustic based pieces, or a loud noisefest that might cater more to the punk influences that are buried in the annals of the genre. But how the hell should I know? I wanted a quick fix of shoegaze. That’s what I got, no more, no less. I’ll remember this one for being fun. And the fact that I will remember it says something.

<a href="">Review Link</a> - Kaini Industries

"The Royal Unicorn - Nov. 1 '07"

The other act was very reminiscent of early 90's acts like The Catherine Wheel and My Bloody Valentine, called The Ludvico Treatment.
I was running sound at The Unicorn this last Thursday night, getting used to the quirks there.
I really enjoyed The Ludvico treatment. Hypnotic, chimey intros that build to full on barrages of guitar.
They even snuck in a Catherine Wheel song: "Broken Head".

It was easy to work with them too.
Asked them to turn their amps down, as Fender amps really belt.
They understood the challenge facing a sound person, which was much appreciated.
They were also impressed with the fact I knew who The Catherine Wheel were.
(The Catherine Wheel was also a torture device in mideval times )
* Back to the challenges of a sound person:
A common challenge with electric bands is: keeping their stage sound down , as the monitors can only feed them so much volume.
Don't worry, the sound person will have your music plenty loud enough through the main speakers.
The Ludvico Treatment understood that. for more colour. - Radio Bandcouver (Nov. 3 blog)


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



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.