Beth Liebling

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Beth Liebling
Liebling in 1995
Background information
Born March 12, 1967
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Experimental rock, noise rock, post-rock, space rock
Instruments Bass guitar, drums
Years active 1993–present
Labels Blast First, Mute Records, Repellent
Associated acts Hovercraft, Lola, Schema, Space Helmet

Beth Liebling (born March 12, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician known for being the co-founder of Seattle-based experimental instrumental group Hovercraft[1] with guitarist/keyboardist/samplist Ryan Campbell ("Campbell 2000"). She played bass for the band under the stage name Sadie 7.


Liebling first became interested in playing while, as a teenager, attending all ages hardcore punk shows in Chicago such as Articles of Faith and the Dead Kennedys. After high school Liebling moved to San Diego, California and attended San Diego State University. She graduated with a degree in journalism in 1990.[2]

Prior to forming the trio Hovercraft, Liebling and Campbell had played together in Space Helmet, which formed when Liebling moved to Seattle. Space Helmet broke up when Campbell moved to New York City and the other members of Space Helmet, including Campbell's brother, formed the band Magnog. Ryan Campbell's departure for New York was short and upon his return, Hovercraft was formed and continued to record until 1999.

Hovercraft and other projects[edit]

Hovercraft, who had been included in the grunge music documentary Hype! (1996), had existed for four years before they released their first and only 7" single, "0,0,0,1," (1995). Drums on early recordings were provided by Eddie Vedder, under the name "Jerome230", and Xu Xu Fang's Bobby Tamkin, using the name "Paul 4". Hovercraft's first tour of the United States was as the opening act for the Foo Fighters and Mike Watt. When Vedder left, the band reunited with Bobby Tamkin, and later found a new drummer, Dave Krusen, a.k.a. Karl 3-30, who had been the drummer on Pearl Jam's record "Ten". With Krusen they recorded Stereo Specific Polymerization on their own label, Repellent Records. In 1997 they were signed by Daniel and Paul Smith to London-based Mute Records. In America, they were represented by "Mute Records America". They released Akathisia in 1997 and Experiment Below in 1998. Hovercraft toured the United States a few times on their own, and in Europe with Unwound. Hovercraft also collaborated on the project Schema with Stereolab's Mary Hansen, releasing an album in 2000.

After Hovercraft ended around 2000, Liebling took a brief hiatus from music. She later sat in on sessions with various groups in Los Angeles, including playing drums in the Los Angeles-based group Lola.

Personal life[edit]

Liebling married longtime boyfriend Eddie Vedder in Rome, Italy, in 1994. They divorced in 2000.[3][4] Vedder and Liebling had been together since 1983.


  1. ^ "Hovercraft". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ San Diego Union-Tribune. "The invisible band: Hovercraft puts its music before personalities." August 25, 1999.
  3. ^ [1] 29 June 2006 edition of "Rolling Stone" magazine interview with Eddie Vedder
  4. ^ Broderick, Becky. "Eddie Vedder Marries Girlfriend Jill McCormick". Retrieved February 15, 2014.