POZ Showcase: Love, Robot
Love, Robot’s brand of emotionally strained alternative rock music pulls at your heart strings. Perhaps it is the brooding writing and strained choral attack of Alexa San Roman (as Love, Robot’s music is certainly lyric-centric) or the smartly used duel-vocal approach that adds layers upon layers over the atmospheric instrumentation that causes the Long Island quartet’s music to be so endearing. Whichever it is, we’ll buy it. Love, Robot are just getting started.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Anthony Rega- Drums
Nicholas Starrantino- Bass/ Backup vocals
Sean Murphy- Guitar/ Vocals
Alexa San Roman- Guitar/ Vocals
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Love, Robot was born in Alexa’s hometown of Stony Brook, Long Island. But Rega is from hicksville and Sean and Nick live on the same block in Setauket, Long Island.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Alexa: Well I am the only original member of Love, Robot; All the past members met in high school and when I joined the band the sound took a journey from hardcore to pop-punk to what it is today. It’s been about 5 years since Love, Robot was formed.
Why should people listen to your band?
Love, Robot offers easily accessible songs with meticulous instrumentation and nail-on-the-head lyrics that anyone can easily relate to and maybe even learn from.
How have you grown since you started?
Alexa: As mentioned previously, there have been many member changes because I believe it’s important to keep everyone on the same page musically. I think this band, as a whole, has grown into much more than a team of songwriters; it’s a movement that continues to move forward.
What sets you apart from other bands?
Love, Robot has a very intense drive and passion for achieving all our goals. Almost any band has to work extremely hard to get anywhere today in music, but Love, Robot is a rare group of workaholics that really thrives on challenges and we always try to push ourselves to the next level.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Nick: I think that every moment together in this group is very surreal and magical in its own right; whether it’s locking the trailer to leave for a tour, setting up lights for our own videos or just rocking out in the basement together. Also, nobody hates family dinner at the San RoMansion.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
There are always the classic top of the list bands that can probably be picked out of our sound like Brand New or La Dispute, but for this newer batch of songs there’s been a bit of inspiration pulled from us kind of rediscovering some bands like The Spill Canvas.
We’ve accomplished a full length album, 5+ DIY music videos and a few east coast tours. We continue writing new music to put out an EP to follow up Rebuild | Rebirth. We are also in the process of filming a brand new video for the second single off the EP. There is no sign of stopping anytime soon for us!
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
Nick: Every experience we’ve had together thus far has really been inspiring and fun whether it’s been tours, writing sessions or studio but one that I think really had every one pumped and feel like we were all living a dream was making out last video for our new single “Light”. We rented like the only tiny soundstage on the Long Island, New York.
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
Alexa: Understand that the words that I write and sing are all very real to me. Our songs consist of topics that mean a lot to me, or have come from real experiences. I’ve always taken my emotions and let them out through music, all the songs on Rebuild | Rebirth and every song after have my heart and soul flowing through all the syllables.
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Alexa: I would take away all the people writing music for the wrong reasons and I would change the mindsets of successful musicians to help the baby bands out more.
How did your band’s name come about?
Nick: A previous member came up with it out of a short story they wrote, I believe. If I remember correctly it was about a robot that wanted to commit suicide to become human so they could have feelings and stuff. The name comes from what would be the signature on the letter saying goodbye to life as a robot. Of course that’s just one of the stories that has been tossed around over the past couple of years.
What’s the biggest mistake someone’s made while playing? (Nick)
Usually any mess up would be a technical failure or sloppy stop/entrance. We typically all play the exact same part, note for note, every time we play. However there was one that really sticks out when I think of it. It was when we were in Holyoke, Massachusetts I think this summer or fall and we played a show in front of one or two important people and it went really well, we crushed it. After the show we were outside just finishing packing up with Lopardo and our other buddies at Westfall Co. NY who came up to support us and Rega walks up to the group sighing and says something like “Ah, I can’t believe I played the second prechorus at the first prechorus, I never screw that up!” but it was such a similar rhythm none of us really even noticed and he was pretty bummed about it, definitely a classic moment for the family stories.
Any pre-performance rituals?
Nick: We’ve thought/joked about having one or two but the only really consistent thing that happens now is Alexa paints the line on everyone’s face and if we have any notes or anything that needs to be said before we walk about we put our hands in and give a nice “loooooooooove ROBOT”. Just about every gig I give or try to give Alexa a hug but usually just a pound, too.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Alexa: This may seem cliché, but if you have a dream - go for it. This life is way too short to be hesitant; if you have goals work for them. There’s nothing that I would hate more then to look back on my life and say I never even tried.
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*This Showcase was compiled, written, and edited by Michael Meeze
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