The origins of the group Ludo can be dated back when one of its members have penned their first song back when he was still attending the John Burroughs School in Laude, Missouri. This member was Andrew Volpe who was sitting in his car, in the parking lot of a local supermarket during the time when he started writing what then would be the first song to released by them.
After they left the University of Notre Dame, their lead guitarist Tim Ferell joined them. With the inspiration from the movie Labyrinth, the group has decided to get their band name from it.
Ludo’s solid line-up
Marshal Fanciullo braved the ways down from Omaha, Nebraska to Tulsa after reading the announcement and advertisement of the band that’s been looking for a bassist and drummer. Then came the summer of 2003 when Mat Palermo joined the band and the new group started writing.
Sometime around the month of August in the year 2003, after 3 weeks of playing together have recorded and released their first, self-titled album. The album had included several songs that were written by one of the band’s member, Volpe, in his former band, the Karate Lunchbox. Following the release of their first album, the band started going on tours and their first all group tour happened in Indianapolis. The next few years became a dream for the band, as they have continued touring around the nation together with some Midwestern bands; these tours of course have paved their way to success in the indie music industry.
Many years have passed and the band still continued its nationwide tour that made them to gain popularity as one of the most exciting bands, one effect of this popularity also was that the band became a regular guest of some of the concerts being held in St. Louis. Some of their anticipated shows were the HalLUDOween, A Very Ludo Christmas, and Cinco de Mustache.
The years 2005 came and the band went back to the studio to record their latest album, EP, Broken Bride that is a rock opera album about a man going back and forth trying to save his wife from dying in an accident in the year 1989. After the successful release of the album, the group had an increased audience that was seen by several recording labels and offered to take them as their very own artists.
Ludo signed with Island Records
A five album deal was inked by the band and Island Records that made the Redbird Records into an imprint of the Island Records. Included in the deal was the option that the group would release a non-commercial material such as rock operas or Christmas albums under the Redbird imprints. One of their major breakthroughs was during the spring of 2007 when the the group and went to Southern California and recorded their album together wit the produces of the famous group, Maroon 5, Matt Wallace.
Under the same record label, the band released another album in the year 2008 particularly on February 26 entitled You’re Awful, I Love You. The carrier single entitled “Love Me Dead” that was written sometime in 2004 became so famous that has been, for many years, a fan favorite. Because of the intense appreciation of the crowd for their song, the band had created two separate music videos for it. The first one was with a fan participation which was done through the group’s website, and the second one was recorded professionally and became the official video of the song.
The song became more popular when Jay Leno of The Tonight Show specifically requested the band to perform it live. Following that performance, the famous medical show House on Fox TV have adapted their song “Love Me Dead” for one of the show’s commercial advertisement. The song was on the number 10 spot in Alternative Countdown on Fuse. The increased popularity of the band was complemented with more tours, shows, and festivals even performing at the Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, SXSW, Pointfest and Batfest.
The followers of the Ludo band got shocked by the band’s announcement in the year 2008 when the management has decided to relieve their bassist, Mashall Fanciullo from his band duties in one tour which was going to take place in Chicago.
No explanations were given by the band, however, they did not choose to hire a permanent replacement for him which made the fans suspect on the real intentions why they had relieved him. Several people became replacements whenever they would have a show anywhere in the country.
In 2009, the band announced that they would be rereleasing through Island Records two of their previous albums, Ludo and Broken Bride. Following that, the group had released their third full-length album Prepare the Preparations in 2010 which featured that lead single “Whipped Cream”. The topics and themes of the songs in the album were seen to be imaginative and random, one of its members, Volpe said, “I like to write from my imagination, so there are songs about skeletons, grave robbing lovers, a Cyclops and of course love and all that stuff”. In support of the album, the band had announced a 29-city tour around the United States to facilitate the promotion of the latest album.
Also, it was learned that in January 2012, the contract between the band and the Island Records have come to an end with the confirmation that the band was removed from the artist section of the Island Records. There was no official statement coming from any sides about this matter.