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Switzerland: Britpop from the mountains

30 March 2009 at 21:23 CEST

Just like the last four years, Swiss television opted for an internal choice of both singer and song. The group chosen this time was Lovebugs, one of the most popular pop rock bands in the country.

The group Lovebugs was set up in 1992 and consists of five members: Adrian Sieber (vocals). Thomas Rechberger (guitars), Florian Senn (bass), Stefan Wagner (keyboards) and Simon Ramseier (drums). The group has released ten albums since 1994 of which three reached the number one spot in the official Swiss album charts.

"OK, we have upped the tempo," says the vocalist Adrian Sieber about their latest album, which is more for the dance floor, on their website. "For our new album, we've combined our love of big melodies, atmospheric sounds and hypnotic beats with the possibilities that a rock band has at its disposal".

The imaginative idea behind taking rock to the dance floor reflects the Lovebugs' overall concept anyway: "We've never liked repeating ourselves". That's an attitude that impressed Richard Rainey. The Irishman, one of world's leading rock producers, worked for a year on the latest U2 album before starting co-operation with the Swiss band. 

Their song Highest Heights is from their tenth album, which was released for their fifteenth birthday. Watch the video below:


The Lovebugs have played over 1,000 concerts throughout Europe, supported the Rolling Stones, and are regarded as one of Switzerland's most successful bands. They will perform eight in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 12th of May in Moscow. You can read more about them here.

Will Lovebugs conquer Europe with their unique music mix? What do you think?