LIEBICH is an Austrian band founded by singer and songwriter Steffi Fasching and guitar player Georg Krommer in an ordinary living room in Vienna in February 2014. About one year later, the two met bass player Uwe Mondschein, who completed and enriched the band together with drummer Angelika Schwerer in March 2015. The band name LIEBICH illustrates the honest and harmonic team play, and stands for the band’s attitude towards music: Tangible, real, and authentic rather than desperately “put on coolness”. The genre ranges from singing and songwriting to pop and rock.
In doing so, LIEBICH creates emotional earworms that get under the skin. The catchy melodies and personally experienced stories underlying the lyrics are thought-provoking and leave nobody untouched; they make you want to sing along. The first pop song with the title „Life is too short” (2014) is dedicated to a close friend of the lead singer, who suffered a tragic death in October 2013. The song deals with the daily inner strife and comes to the conclusion that life is too short for self-imposed fears and unnecessary disputes.
With this motto, LIEBICH set out to win Austrian stages and the hearts of new fans.
„My parents were both musical and have motivated me early on to sing and shout along to nursery rhymes they had composed themselves. When I was 9 years old, I wrote my first song with the title „Nichts auf dieser Welt geschieht ohne Geld“ (Noting in this world happens without money) and accompanied it with my guitar. Songwriting also helped me later on to get through puberty quite reasonably. I have never learned how to read music, even though I took piano, flute, and guitar lessons for many years. When my guitar teacher realized that I could not read music at the time I finished my A-levels, he wanted to quit his job. The melodies and lyrics of my songs constantly develop in my head. I usually send my ideas via bad quality recordings from my mobile phone to all band members with the request to create a musical masterpiece. LIEBICH gives me strength and energy to cope with daily life in a good temper and a positive attitude.“
„I enjoyed a classic musical education in the countryside not far from Vienna. I started with a recorder and subsequently joined the local brass band. When my parents banished me to the basement to practice my trumpet, my excitement for music faded away. This changed again after I had discovered Nirvana and found my mother’s old guitar. I taught myself the basic chords and for a little while I thought I was Kurt Cobain’s European twin brother, which obviously turned out to be a delusion. With my first band SeldomX (the meaning of the name was lost right after it was chosen) I played with great success for several years at all 5 gigs that we performed. As for now: With LIEBICH and a Taylor guitar I am ready to take off again. I still have to think twice when someone wants me to play a C, but now it sounds better…“
„My musical vita could not have started more typically: I learned how to play the recorder in my nursery. Aged 10, I attended music school, where I learned how to play the guitar and discovered my love for this wonderful instrument. Aged 14, I played in my first band. Four years later I started studying classical guitar. I am and have always been a passionate musician (which also explains, why I never get bored of “practicing lines”). Since 2014 I have also discovered my passion for bass guitar, partly due to my two year stay in New Zealand. For me, LIEBICH is family, friends, leisure time, job and love for music.“
Angelika Schwerer – drums
Music accompanies me my whole life long – as a kid, i started to play violin and piano at a musicschool in Vienna. At these times I didn´t know yet, that the drum is the very best instrument, but after my first drumlesson I realized that immediatly. The variety of opportunities regarding sound and dynamics make drums the most exciting and desirable instrument for me. This fascination got stronger within time and so finally I studied drums at the Vienna Music Institute. Since March 2018 I beat the drums at LIEBICH, and I´m really excited to take part in the creation of new earworms.