ONE ON ONE WITH THE LORDS OF LIECHTENSTEIN
Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Noah Rauchwerk – 7/12/94; Dan Rauchwerk 1/23/89. We were both born in the USA and grew up together (we’re brothers) in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Tell us how you start your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Since we’re brothers, we have been playing music together forever. We started gigging together when our dad refused to drive Dan’s teenage garage band to gigs unless they let Noah sit in.
We named the band The Lords of Liechtenstein because Liechtenstein is the only country that you can rent, and we thought that was funny.
We both sang in choirs, played in school bands, and performed in musical theatre productions at various points growing up. We both write songs. We each play a variety of different instruments: Noah (ukulele, guitar, and drums, piano); Dan (guitar, mandola, tenor banjo, 5-string banjo, button accordion, and concertina).
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
We fluctuate between folk, folk-rock, folk-pop, etc. The song is about cult leader Jim Jones and is meant to be a satirical take on the power that charismatic figures hold over us. The video translates that theme to the present day and is critical of how such leaders cause us to accept poisonous ideologies.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
We’re driven by lyrics. Everything we sing and play is in pursuit of advancing the musical story that we have created.
The music business is tough, but it’s been mostly kind to us. We have made some fantastic friends and created some lasting memories along the way.
Tell us about other members of your band, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.
We choose to work with people who we get along with because when you’re not stressed about interpersonal dynamics, it’s way easier to be creative! It’s an added benefit that we have some incredibly talented friends. Our bassist and drummer, Matt Fernicola and Arjun Dube, are childhood friends of ours. Noah met our lead guitarist, Ned Steves, in college.
Ryan Moore, the director of the music video, is also a childhood friend of ours. We chose him to direct the video because he has the perfect sense of humour to direct a darkly funny piece like this, and he’s got some serious writing and directing chops! We shot the video in our backyard in Holmdel, NJ on a blustery April day. (The video was shot to look like a summer backyard party, but in reality the cast and crew were all freezing!) We co-opted some friends, bassist Matt Fernicola, Alessandro Pruscino, and Taylor Tote, into being goofy party guests. Our dad plays the banjo player.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We have been officially performing as The Lords of Liechtenstein for ten years. It’s been a great experience so far. The best part is definitely getting to meet people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Our goal is to one day make a living as full-time musicians.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
We’re inspired by different things. Noah writes a lot about relationships and personal experiences. Dan prefers writing historical story songs (he listens to a lot of old Irish folk music for inspiration) and political songs about war, gentrification, and other upbeat topics.