Audience members enjoy performers who seem to be enjoying themselves. The teen pop-rock band R5, which is made up of four siblings and a good friend, seems to follow that formula.
“I think people see how close we are as a family and I think they enjoy our shows and music because we just have so much fun doing it,” said Riker Lynch, who with his two brothers, Ross and Rocky, one sister, Rydel, and friend, Ellington Ratliff, make up R5. “People come up to us after shows and say, ‘You guys look like you have so much fun up there.’ And we really do. We absolutely love every second of it and seeing how much fun we have makes people have a great time as well.”
R5 is the opening act for Bridgit Mendler on Aug. 18 at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
Part of the reason that R5 enjoys themselves on stage is that they enjoy being with each other off stage.
“We actually all really get along,” said Riker about the group members, whose ages range from 17 to 21. “We love being around each other, so we don’t really have many quarrels. But when we do, it’s usually just a little thing and by the time we hit the stage everyone has forgotten about it.”
The band also tends to agree when it comes to writing songs.
“We write songs all together and sometimes it’s challenging, but we work really well together,” Ross Lynch said. “We also have great producers and co-writers to work with. The final decision on the songwriting is usually a majority vote.”
Formed in 2009, R5 self-released an EP, “Ready Set Rock,” in March 2010. R5’s debut four-song EP “Loud” was released in Feb. 2013 by Hollywood Records. The band’s first full length album is expected to be released in Sept. 2013.
“We are all super stoked about it,” said Rydel Lynch about the upcoming album. “We’re counting down the days until it’s released.”
Performing as the headliner on Aug. 18 at RiverEdge Park is Bridgit Mendler. Mendler rose to fame with a recurring role on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” before landing her own show, “Good Luck Charlie.” She is currently touring and promoting her debut album “Hello My Name Is…,” which features the single “Ready or Not.”
The R5 band is pleased to be opening for Mendler.
“It’s going to be fun to play another show with her,” Rocky Lynch said. “We played with her in Toronto last year and it was great.”
Lynch family friend Ellington Ratliff said R5 enjoys pleasing the fans.
“I think the best thing about performing is the energy you get back from the crowd,” Ratliff said. “Like when they’re singing our songs with us and going crazy, that’s what we love. And it’s also really amazing to think we can make people smile and forget about the rest of the world for a bit and just have an awesome time. Performing is the best.”