Lovebugs

Lovebugs

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Switzerland's most successful rock band in 2006, Lovebugs, love playing live. With three No. 1 albums to their name, the latest IN EVERY WAKING MOMENT being platinum awarded and two previous gold albums, Lovebugs' calling card is strong songs, which are melancholic and uplifting at the same time.

Biography

A brief biography

Our story begins as many of these stories do with a TDK 60 minute cassette. It's back in 1992 and Kurt Cobain with Smells Like Teen Spirit is playing himself into the nirvana of rock'n'roll and hitting us in the gut. Wow! At roughly the same time, Adrian packs in his drummer job with The Bash freeing his hands to do the old Fender Strat thing and, in fact, record on to that TDK 60. He calls his one-man band "Lovebugs", enters the cassette for a Band Contest in Basle ... and ends up being invited to take part in the final round.

So he finds Sebastian on bass and Julie on drums more for their charming personalities than for instrumental virtuosity. And then it all happens pretty dammed quick. First gig, the final, victory, thank you!

Adrian and Sebastian then record their first album Fluff in all of five days in league with 17-year-old temp drummer Simon who has been a permanent fixture since then, irreplaceable actually, because not only is he an amazing drummer but also an amazing cook. We play a few gigs and Adrian wants to pack it in again. Making music is OK, he says, but being the frontman is a pain. Well, we persuade him to stay on and, before long, we have played countless gigs in small clubs. And, between all that, recorded our second album: Tart.

The third album appears in 1996: Lovebugs. Recorded in London, produced by George Shilling and Tony Harris. We storm the Top 40 and our single Fantastic is what you might call our minor breakthrough on the Swiss music wallpaper scene. We sign major recording contacts in Germany, feel pretty fantastic, immortal at least. Just the right mood for getting on to the TourBus for a few months.

Thomas also gets on: live, we need extra guitar; he needs a good band. And the tours go on with Marc Owen, Republica, Vivid and Ocean Color Scene. We become addicted to life on tour. We hang on to Thomas because, apart from making the right noises with the guitar, he's cool with studio buttons and, in the morning, he looks so grotty.

In 1999, BMG/RCA prescribe us a recording producer who, from the very start, we don't hit it off with. The proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back. After a really vicious battle with the record company (all that small-print crap) we record an album under the name of The Symbol. No, not really, we sign a deal with Warner Music Switzerland and, at long last, in 2000, bring out Transatlantic Flight. All that turbulence seems to have paid off. The album sells in 13 countries and represents now our ultimate breakthrough. The concerts are sold out. We shoot a video in LA and give loads of interviews from Moscow through Niederbipp to Helsinki.

While Sebastian publishes his glam rock project Fucking Beautiful, we work on our fifth studio album Awaydays. Wanting to go new places, we record the album in the rehearsal room (with Thomas as producer) and bring in a string orchestra. Adrian starts to think of packing it in again but eventually gives up smoking instead. At about the same time, Awaydays gets to the number one spot in the Swiss charts and Sebastian announces his departure from the band. We play one last tour with him and wonder about how things should continue.

Come autumn 2002, we retreat to the heel of the Italian boot Apulia to work on 13 Songs With A View. There are now five of us and we're searching for a new Lovebugs sound. Bass player Florian is more than a mere substitute for emigrant Sebastian: he brings a new earthy edge to the band and raises the average IQ by 35%. The same tidal wave also dumps Stefan on board MS Lovebugs. In an official capacity, that is. For almost three years, he's been pounding away on the keyboards for us both on stage and in the studio. 13 Songs With A View is, in a word, a bitch, and gives us a really hard time. Yup, the search for our joint roots is difficult, taking 13 long months in the studio. An eternal labyrinth. But also a welding torch for the new line-up. The result is rawer and harder than previous albums. A true milestone, we reckon. Whereas the Swiss radio stations reckon that our sound is too noisy. TV gets cold feet as well and even drops us from a programme at literally the last second. They are worried that our music might hit the viewers in the gut (hmm, sounds familiar). Whatever. A short time later, to kick off our tour, we play Letzigrund Stadium with the legendary Stones to a crowd of 40,000 before, at long last, setting off on an extended club and festival tour again.

December 2003. We've done some 1,000 gigs (I think) and recorded seven albums. Tired? No way! But where can we now sail to without going round in circles? One thing is clear: we need a producer who will accompany us, give us feedback and be in on the songs as they emerge so that we don't drift into studio quicksands again. Someone who can stand up to the Lovebugs steamroller. Adrian has the shocking idea of having a go with that swine Chris von Rohr. In fact, the chemistry

Lyrics

Avalon

Written By: A. Sieber

I want to run but I can’t hide
The feelings grow inside
Love will always find its way
I want to turn but it’s too late
Love will always conquer hate
Just one kiss and I’m okay

I want you to be my Avalon
The sweet unknown
Come on over and take on me
I want you to see my Avalon
The love has grown
From here to eternity

I never felt this way before
I’m scared but still want more
Love will always find its time
I’ve been waiting for so long
For this moment sweet to come
Just one kiss and you’ll be fine

I want you to be my Avalon
The sweet unknown
Come on over and take on me
I want you to see my Avalon
The love has grown
From here to eternity

You’re a mystery
What you are to me
Is everything that I am not
Take me by my hand
Make me understand
Oh, make me understand

Love goes on and on and on...
Love goes on and on and on...

Back To Life

Written By: A. Sieber

Come and open up your window
Open up your tiny heart
Gotta let yourself some light in
Gotta make a brand new start

Come and move out of this shithole
Move into a better place
Yeah I know it’s never easy
Gotta find yourself some space

You’ll be alright this time
Yes, you’ll be alright this time

Come and step into my garden
Step into a brighter day
You will find me by the river
And then we will make our way

But you’ll be alright this time
Yes, you’ll be alright this time

When you’re back to life
Hey, you’re back to life
Oh yeah

We are here to stay
Getting stronger every day
We are here to stay
And we will never ever fade
Never fade away
Hey

Back to life
Back to life

Listen To The Silence

Written By: A. Sieber

Oh god, I want you
Oh god, I want you so bad
I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, don’t you see
I just want you so bad
Oh yes, I love you
Oh yes, I love you so much
I can’t speak, feeling weak, don’t you know
I just love you so much

I wanna reach for you
But we are losing touch

Listen to the silence
Let it ring on in your ears
Silence’s all that’s left now
After all, after all these years

Oh god, I want you
Oh god, I want you right here
I can’t breathe, I’m in need, don’t you see
I just want you right here
Oh yes, I need you
Oh yes, I need you right now
I’m on hold, feeling cold, don’t you know
I just need you right now

I wanna talk to you
But I don’t know how

Listen to the silence
Do you hear the sound it makes
Don’t let it come between us
We’re playing with high stakes
Listen to the silence
Let it ring on in your ears
Silence’s all that’s left now
After all, after all these years

The Key

Written By: A. Sieber

Seems I’ve been waiting half a life
For things to arrive
That won’t come
Seems I’ve been waiting all this time
For the perfect rhyme
Now it’s done

But I forgot what it was I’m looking for
I found the key but not the door
Nothing more

Heyeyey
Is there anybody home tonight?
I can hear you on the other side
But I can’t get through
I say heyeyey
There’s no begining, there’s no end
A vicious circle ’cause I cannot mend
The love I feel for you

Seems I’ve been seeing things in you
That could not come true
Come alive
Seems I’ve been trying all these years
To fight back the tears
And survive

Yes I forgot, what it was I’m looking for
I found the key but not the door
Nothing more

Heyeyey
Is there anybody home tonight?
I can hear you on the other side
But I can’t get through
I say heyeyey
There’s no begining, there’s no end
A vicious circle ’cause I cannot mend
The love I feel for you

The love that I feel
Lies here for you
The love that I feel
Just can’t get through

I wanna get to you
I wanna get to you

A Love Like Tides

Written By: A. Sieber

What a beautiful day
We swim in deep waters
And get lost on the way
There ain’t much to say
Out here in nowhere
On a day like today
We drift far away
All away

Cause I found love, a love like tides
A love that moves, a love that guides
Yes, I found love, a love like seas
A love that stays, stay with me, please
I won’t let go, whether it’s high or low
Oh no no, won’t let go, whether it’s fast or slow
Oh no no

What a beautiful day
We drown in deep waters
On a day like today
We drift far away
All away

Cause I found love, a love like tides
A love that moves, a love that guides
Yes, I found love, a love like seas
A love that stays, come with me, please
I won’t let go, whether it’s high or low
Oh no no, won’t let go, whether it’s fast or slow
Oh no no, I won’t let you go
(Chorus)

Discography

IN EVERY WAKING MOMENT (2006)

1. Tonight
2. The Key
3. Back To Life
4. A Wonderful Thing
5. Avalon (feat. Lene Marlin)
6. Wide Awake
7. Listen To The Silence
8. Not Alone
9. Broken Smile
10. Weather In Me
11. Borrowed Tune

NAKED (2005)

1. Rock With You
2. Everybody Knows I Love You
3. Angel Heart
4. '72
5. Flavour Of The Day
6. A Love Like Tides
7. Bitter Moon
8. The Sun In Your Eyes
9. When I See You Smile
10. Under My Skin
11. Free Reeling
12. Music Makes My World Go Round
13.Coffee And Cigarettes
14.What Have They Done To My Song, Ma

13 SONGS WITH A VIEW (2003)

1.Beautiful You Are
2.A Love Like Tides
3.Shake Down
4.Grounded
5.The Aftermoon
6.Summer And The City
7.Crush
8.Mellowdy
9.'72
10.Free Reeling
11.24 Hour Party People
12.Island In The Sky
13.Tomorrows

AWAYDAYS (2001)

1.Don't Let Go
2.Awaydays
3.Barbarella
4.Music Makes My World Go Round
5.Brand New Dream
6.Collide
7.Paris
8.Coffee And Cigarettes
9.Girls In Rock
10.Never Get Away
11.Is It Still Over?
12.hidden track

TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT (2000)

1. Rise Up / Size Up
2. Pop til You Drop
3. Bitter Moon
4. A.U.T.O.M.A.T.I.C. Life
5. Under My Skin
6. Me Astronaut
7. The Morning After
8. Rock Steady Beat
9. Shine On
10. Wall Of Sound
11. Coma
12. Transatlantic Flight
13. Let Me Fly With You

LIVE VIA SATELLITE (The Radio X-Session, 1999)

1. Be Gentle
2. Fantastic
3. Car Lover
4. Smalltown Boy
5. Anticipation
6. Queen Of Inbetween
7. Emma
8. Slumber
9. Fingers And Thumbs
10. Hard To Find
11. Kind Of Insatiable
12. Ruby Said

LOVEBUGS (International Edition, 1997)

1. Queen Of Inbetween
2. Marilyn
3. Kind Of Insatiable
4. Fingers And Thumbs
5. Starving
6. Fantastic
7. Hang On
8. Anticipation
9. Car Lover
10. Ruby Said
11. Hard To Find
12. Marigold
13. Whirlpool
14.Angel Heart

LOVEBUGS (Swiss Edition, 1996)

1. Queen Of Inbetween
2. Fantastic
3. Kind Of Insatiable
4. Ruby Said
5. Starving
6. Car Lover
7. Cruel, Cruel Luck
8. Limelight
9. Fingers And Thumbs
10. Marigold
11. Blind Dive
12. My Loon
13. Now And Again

TART (1995)

1. Whirlpool
2. Stupid And Forgettable
3. Take Me As I Am
4. Seaside
5. Emily
6. I'm Boring
7. Can't Get Used To It
8. Drown
9. Homesick
10. Dregs
11. Slowly
13. If You
14. Bellybutton
15. Day Fly
16. Never Get You
17.Slumber

FLUFF (1994)

1.Fluff
2.She's A Butterfly
3.Anticipation
4.Filling Up The Hole
5.Nincompoop
6.Emma
7.Psychoday
8.Homegirl
9.We Use To Fall, Kitty
10.Take Me As I Am
11.Lovebugs
12.If I Ever Was A Stone In Your Shoe

Set List

We play anything up to 90 minutes ...

This is a typical 75 minutes set:
1 THE KEY
2 BACK TO LIFE
3 WIDE AWAKE
4 BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE
5 RIZE UP / SIZE UP
6 NOT ALONE
7 WALL OF SOUND
8 BOYS OF SUMMER
9 A LOVE LIKE TIDES
10 A WONDERFUL THING
11 LISTEN TO THE SILENCE
12 TONIGHT
13 AVALON
14 CRUSH
15 POP ’TIL YOU DROP