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The Love Robots are a New Jersey-based, alternative group formed by Jon Vick and Charley Ruegger in 2019 (formerly The Stereo Police; 2005 to 2010).

After producing a handful of originals, Jon and Charley looked for a melodic, reliable bassist and energetic drummer. During quarantine in 2020, they recruited Will Donaway on bass and Ross Medine on drums. Their melodic and driving sound is the unique compromise between four different backgrounds and tastes in music; from Metallica to Coldplay, from the Allman Brothers to Radiohead.

Charley Ruegger - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals

Charley is a melodious, chord-factory who will surround you in a warm blanket of sound before cutting you in half with his self-deprecating humor.

Jon Vick - Lead Guitar/Amateur Audio Engineer

With golden locks the length of an NYC block, Jon is a mad scientist of sonic magic. Jon can be heard snapping through guitar strings, bloody-knuckled, on the hour of every hour.

Will Donaway - Bass Guitar

Will is the pocket master bringing up the low end. In his free time he enjoys getting things off of high shelves for the rest of the band.

Ross Medine - Drums

Part sledgehammer and part metronome, Ross has been known to break full drum sets during shows. He became a fireman simply to put out his own fires from how hot his beats are.

What is the driving force of your career in this upcoming New Year?

We want to be better than we were in 2022! We want to play for more people and get right to work on our next album in 2023. It's absolutely imperative that we keep driving forward with the momentum we built in 2022. We appreciate and respect the time and effort it took, and are committed to keep it going. With help from our management partners at BSquared, we're happy to focus more on doing what we love: making music. Are you planning to do anything BIG next year for your career?

The next big thing will be our first album, "Lost in Transmission," releasing March 22, 2023! Apart from that, we are really hoping to get into some of the bigger festivals and share the stage with some big names. We have a lot of heroes and a lot of influences, and it would be the coolest thing in the world to be able to play with some of them, and share a beer backstage. What adjustments have to be made in order to get to that goal?

It's less of an adjustment and more of a question of continuing to stay on the current path of what we're doing! More shows, more songs, more content on social media to show an even wider audience of people what we're doing. Proven track records and good relationships are what helps win spots on these competitive festival circuits. What personal goal have you set for yourself that you'd like others to think about too?

Probably to be more patient and more forgiving of others. As attention spans shrink, the general patience for those around us seems to have evaporated as well. We would like to see people mellow out a bit. Charley would also like to be able to do a perfect cartwheel and cook a perfect French omelette. Making more moves in this New Year can be really exciting, is there anything that you are nervous about when it comes to your career? How do you get over those nerves and go for what YOU want?

We're not really nervous about much. You could probably say we are most nervous about failure, but what band isn't? We want things to keep moving forward and for our music to get out there. Ross and Charley get the jitters pretty seriously before bigger shows, but it's usually quickly dispelled with a beer haha! Jon and Ross are robotically calm and collected, so they keep the other half of the band even-keeled. Also, we know that we love what we do. Even if there wasn't a big show, we'd still be making music. It's what we love more than anything and we hope that our love for the music comes through in our songwriting. What chances are you taking in 2023 when it comes to collaboration?

We have feelers out to a couple musicians we played with in the past to see if they'd like to contribute to some songwriting. We're always open to new ideas and the right collaboration. If you don't grow, you die! Name the word of the year for 2023?

Savor. This last year went by too quickly, and it was filled with a lot of work, and with it a lot of joy and pain, but it's important to fully appreciate the impact of all of those moments; the times and experiences we have with our band, family, and friends. Setting intentions is so important especially when accomplishing your goals! How do you make sure to keep that heart and drive you have for yourself?

At the core of everything we're doing are two main pillars: our friendship and our love for music. As long as we have the two of those going for us, it's easy to keep the heart. The drive has been there for all of us for years, and is stronger now than it ever was. We've all had our days where things are a little tougher, whether it be a 6 hour round trip drive to make a gig or unfriendly companions from venues. It's in these moments that the band helps support you. The shared love helps inspire us all to keep going and keep pushing. What is happening NEXT for you?

The immediate next thing is going to be some new photos for the band and the release of our next single, "Father McKenna," available on December 26, 2022! We've got a lot on the way: new songs, new videos, new photos, and we hope everyone enjoys them! Social media for ALL your new fans? Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day!

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