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EXCLUSIVE: R5 Previews Tonight's LA Listening Party For 'New Addictions' EP

EXCLUSIVE: R5 Previews Tonight's LA Listening Party For 'New Addictions' EP

R5 grew up listening to amazing bands, and INXS was one of those bands that they will always pay tribute to.

JustJaredJr.com spoke with writers/producers Ross and Rocky Lynch about their “Need You Tonight” cover that made the five-song cut on their new EP, New Addictions.

“The most recent time we toured in Australia, we covered ‘New Sensations’. One of the band members in INXS, he was tweeting it out and telling everyone how great it was. People really seemed to dig it,” Ross says of the random, but amazing cover the band did. “The 30th anniversary of the band is coming up and so, we did just another recorded version of this song for the EP.”

He adds, “We also grew up listening to INXS. They were one of the biggest influences of us starting R5. It was a lot of reasons [for us to include this song on the record].”

“Need You Tonight” might just be one you see R5 perform at their show tonight, too.

Ross says, “When it comes to our live shows, it’s very spontaneous. It’s very much a ‘we’re gonna get up there and we’re gonna change the set list around and play songs that we’ve never played before’.”

For instance, in New York a week before, is was so spontaneous that Ross forgot to tell everyone what he was doing.

“We had played ‘Fly Away’ by Lenny Kravitz, and it came together in a very spontaneous way. I had asked them all backstage if they knew how to play the song and got a unanimous ‘Yea…kind of.’ Nothing went wrong in the set at all, but for whatever reason, I just started to play the song, without any warning to anyone else. Everyone started playing it with me, thankfully, and it turned out really sweet.

“There are a lot of things like that where we’re not prepared but it works out.”

If you missed them, get the stories behind “If“, “Red Velvet“, “Lay Your Head Down” and “Trading Time“.

EXCLUSIVE: R5's Jam Session With Ocean Park Standoff Resulted In New Song 'Trading Time'

EXCLUSIVE: R5's Jam Session With Ocean Park Standoff Resulted In New Song 'Trading Time'

R5 love collaborating with their friends, and the story behind “Trading Time” is exactly that — the product of a jam session with Ocean Park Standoff.

Writer/producers Ross and Rocky Lynch opened up to JustJaredJr.com on how a jam session turned into one of the most meaningful songs on their new EP, New Addictions.

“A lot of people at the label were suggesting that we should meet and maybe write a song together, so we did and it started a great relationship,” Ross says of the bands’ meet-up. “We’re all really good friends now.”

He adds about the song, “‘Trading Time’ is the product of our first meeting. We were actually just hanging out in the studio and this came about. We were flirting with this idea that time is the most valuable currency that we all possess. With the chorus of the song, meaning, I’m giving you my most valuable currency in exchange for yours. It’s really a romantic song.”

We spoke more about how writing without deadlines and writing with friends tends to result in much more meaningful songs from R5.

“We’ve written songs for movies that I’ve been in,” Ross says, citing an upcoming song for Status Update that we’ll hear soon. “If it’s a situation like that, and there are certain deadlines, we have to finish a song. But as far as writing with friends — we only like to write with friends now.”

He adds more, “We’ve found that you can never really fall in love with a song that’s rushed. The way we like to write is truly, 100% encouraged and motivated and we’re feeling the music, or when it’s with friends and we’ve having a really good time.”

“That’s when the best songs come from us. We do try to work really hard and we want to release new and more music all the time. We’re in the studio every day.”

If you missed them, get the stories behind “If“, “Red Velvet” and “Lay Your Head Down“.

EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind R5's 'Lay Your Head Down' Is Actually Quite Romantic

EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind R5's 'Lay Your Head Down' Is Actually Quite Romantic

R5 have officially moved past the point of everyone having their own song on a record.

In the past, we’ve always heard Ross Lynch take the lead on all the vocals, with Rocky, Rydel, Riker and Ellington Ratliff coming in with backups. Now, it’s all changed.

“We kind of got past setting standards for ourselves,” Ross tells JJJ when talking about having Rocky take the lead on “Lay Your Head Down”.

“When you have these limitations…the ‘let’s all try to sing every once in awhile’. It’s like, Rydel needs a song or this needs to happen because that’s what we’ve done in the past. We’ve kind of abandoned all those old limitations because it frees you up to do more unexpected things,” he says. “You’ll probably see much more of that in the future.”

Which is music to our ears, especially if we have more Rocky-led songs like this one.

“Lay Your Head Down” was actually the first song they wrote for their new EP, New Addictions.

“Ross was filming a movie and he usually starts the melodies while I’m doing more the production side of things and he wasn’t there,” Rocky reveals. “I started making this song, because someone wasn’t there to sing and I [just] ended up singing whatever was happening while doing the production side as well.”

He continues, “I was basically forced to write this song on my own and sing it because no one else was there. By the time that Ross got back and I played it for him, everyone was like ‘Yo, you have to sing this Rocky’.”

“He kept trying to make me sing it and I was like ‘Bro, no way I’m singing this song. It’s your song’,” Ross says.

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EXCLUSIVE: R5's 'Red Velvet' Track Started Out As A Voice Memo

EXCLUSIVE: R5's 'Red Velvet' Track Started Out As A Voice Memo

R5‘s brand new EP, New Addictions is out in less than five days now, and JJJ fans are getting more anxious to hear the new music.

JJJ exclusively spoke with writer/producers Ross and Rocky Lynch about probably the most suggestive of all the tracks on their EP, “Red Velvet”.

“This is the most sensual song on the EP,” Ross told JJJ without questions. “Very suggestive.”

“That song came about actually during our holiday in Colorado. We always like to go back home for the holidays in the mountains and we play hockey there, only this past winter, the lake didn’t freeze over, so we were actually stuck in the house. The house had a piano and I had just started to play this riff and it turned into ‘Red Velvet’,” he adds. “Most of the song that you hear on the EP, is a voice memo that I created off a one take where Rocky and I were just jamming.”

Rocky adds about the making of the track, “With that song, Ross just recorded just a little piano and vocal in just one take and then one night, was just feeling myself (laughs) and ended up going in our house studio around 10 at night and put his little voice memo up and produced the entire song for the whole night. Before I knew it, it was actually like six in the morning after all that.”

“Something happens when you just get in this zone when writing or creating and just everything just feels so good,” he added. “[The result] was exactly what I wanted and it was awesome.”

Ross also gave a tip to fans when listening to it — turn it all the way up.

“When you listen to this song, when you close your eyes and turn it up really loud and it’s just a ‘feel’ song.”

Stay tuned for more stories behind the songs of R5‘s new EP, New Addictions.

EXCLUSIVE: R5 Reveals The Stories Behind New Songs Starting With 'If'

EXCLUSIVE: R5 Reveals The Stories Behind New Songs Starting With 'If'

With just five days to go until R5‘s brand new EP, New Addictions, JJJ set out to find out the story behind their new songs.

Writer/producers Ross and Rocky Lynch opened up about them all in our exclusive interview.

“If” is the first song off of their EP, and as Ross reveals, this wasn’t the original title at all.

“We had a bunch of different titles that we were going to call it and we kept switching it. We ended up going with “If” just because we think it sounds the most intriguing,” he says. “If you see the word ‘If’, you’re going to wonder what it’s about; and the song really is about wonder.”

He adds, “It’s our take on a modern love story. We all have social media and are all constantly on our phones looking at Instagram girls and whatnot and ‘If’ asks the question of ‘what could we be together’. This is someone you’ve never ever met before and you play a whole scenario in your head where you imagine a life together.”

The lyrics aren’t truly suggestive in nature, but the tongue-in-cheek meaning is there.

“In the second pre-chorus, we say stuff like ‘cool like icicle’ and it’s a little cheeky,” Ross admits.

He adds, “This song too was only written in two days. Often times, we have a longer writing process where we’ll stay on a song from weeks to months. There’s really no time limit on them, but we like to make all our songs the best that they could be. “If” just happened fairly quickly and we were maybe pushing a deadline (laughs). We had to get it done.”

Stay tuned to JJJ for more stories behind the songs of R5‘s new EP.

'Austin & Ally's Ross Lynch, Laura Marano & Calum Worthy Reunited Last Night & It Was Everything!

'Austin & Ally's Ross Lynch, Laura Marano & Calum Worthy Reunited Last Night & It Was Everything!

This was a reunion worth waiting for!

The Austin & Ally gang — Ross Lynch, Laura Marano and Calum Worthy — all reunited last night for the An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power screening in Los Angeles last night.

“We’re prettttty cute, but we’d be much cuter with @rainydaychatter,” Laura captioned with the pic on Instagram — and we so agree! “(Texas is so lucky it gets to have her right now)”

Laura and Ross, plus his bros Ryland, Rocky, and dad Mark Lynch were also at the screening that Calum and girlfriend Celesta Deastis invited them too.

“On another note, thank you @calumworthy for letting me come to the @aninconvenienttruth screening,” Laura added. “It was so incredibly educational and moving #beinconvenient #climatechangeisreal.”

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Rydel Lynch Plays Sibling Tag With Ross, Riker, Rocky & Ryland & It's The Best Thing You'll Ever Watch

Rydel Lynch Plays Sibling Tag With Ross, Riker, Rocky & Ryland & It's The Best Thing You'll Ever Watch

Rydel Lynch‘s new video is just about the best thing you’ll watch in your lifetime.

The R5 keyboardist decided to play the sibling tag game with her brothers Riker, Rocky, Ross and Ryland and the result is hilarious!

One of the funniest stories they shared was when Rydel was younger and on a road trip with her brothers, she threw Ryland‘s new Nintendo DS out the window!

Riker pretty much cracks up so much that there are tears!

Check out the full video below now!


THE SIBLING TAG! Lynch Family Edition

Ross Lynch Loved Working With Olivia Holt on 'Status Update'

Ross Lynch Loved Working With Olivia Holt on 'Status Update'

When we first saw Ross Lynch showing off his fighting moves on the set, we knew that Status Update was going to be hilarious.

And it is — so says Ross himself.

Speaking with Vogue, Ross opened up more about the film and working with Olivia Holt on the project.

“What was so great about that film was that we had a great script, but on set we really had the freedom to improvise,” he shares. “I like to go off the other actors in the scene, which kind of stinks when you’re acting with someone who’s not that great.”

Ross adds, “But when you have people like Olivia Holt and Markian Tarasiuk, they’re really great actors and we really feed off one another. That’s the kind of acting I love, because you’re just 100 percent in that moment.”