Vicar St, DUBLIN
13 September 2017
Mandela Hall, BELFAST
14 September 2017
Since releasing their sophomore album Sometime Last Night, R5 have toured incessantly and brought their groove-heavy pop to crowds across the globe. During that time, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch, his siblings Riker (bass/vocals), Rocky (lead guitar/vocals), and Rydel (keyboard/vocals), and drummer/vocalist Ellington “Ratliff” also started sketching new songs intimately detailing their adventures around the world. Once back in their home studio, R5 began bringing those songs to life with an irresistible balance of intense feeling and pure pop euphoria.
The follow-up to Sometime Last Night—a 2015 release that debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200—New Addictions marks a bold new era for the L.A.-based band. With R5 taking a greater writing and production role than ever before, the EP finds the lifelong musicians both tapping into their formidable instincts and carefully refining their song craft. Built on powerful grooves and sharply crafted hooks, New Addictions also channels the unstoppable energy R5 have recently shown playing festivals along side artists like The Chainsmokers, Panic! At The Disco, Charlie Puth and Weezer.
Along with underscoring the supremely catchy nature of each song, the title to New Addictions reflects R5’s unchecked passion for making music. “When we’re home we just wake up and go straight into the studio, and we don’t leave until it’s time to sleep,” says Ross. Through their constant writing and recording, R5 ultimately reached a new level of sonic ingenuity and artistic finesse on the EP. “With every song, the goal was to create something that we’d never heard before,” says Rocky, who serves as R5’s main producer. “And since this is the first release that we’ve done mostly on our own, we also had to get to the point where all the songs sound as full and clear and crisp as what you’d hear from other producers. There was a lot I had to teach myself, but I’ve been producing since I was 12-years-old, and all those hours and years have definitely added up.”
As their reach only continues to grow, R5 have made a point of extending the natural sense of closeness and connection that first brought the band together. In creatingNew Addictions, for instance, the band would play new tracks at the parties they frequently host at their house. “We call them Jam Nights—we’ll set up drums and amps in our living room and just play music with our friends,” says Rocky. “At the last one, I’d go up to a few people at a time, bring them into the studio and play them the new songs to see what they’d vibe with. It really helped us get a good idea of what connects with people.”
Once they’d completed New Addictions, the band members marked the occasion by popping open a bottle of Dom Perignon they’d been saving for years. “We wanted to celebrate and recognize that this is hopefully what we’ll be doing for the rest of our lives—creating our own songs and putting them out into the world,” says Ross. “Every new thing we make will be different from what we’ve done in the past, but on this EP we really got into a whole new groove with our writing,” he continues. “Instead of trying to make this kind of tune or that kind of tune, we’re just completely giving in and letting the music decide for itself.”
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