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Pop-rock's R5 happy with "gradual" progress so far

By Gary Graff
Digital First Media/@GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014

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R5 isn't quite the biggest pop band in the world. Yet.

But frontman Ross Lynch says he's confident that after three EPs and an album the group is on a definite upward trajectory.

"You hear a lot of people say the faster you rise the fast you fall, and I really do feel like R5 has had a really gradual rise and I hope we can still rise and accumulate as many fans as possible," says Lynch, 18, a co-star of the Disney Channel's "Austin and Ally" who formed R5 in 2009 with three siblings and drummer Ellington Ratliff.

"We've been a band for almost six years now, so over those six years we've gotten so much together and so much more experienced with our tones and our voices and everything. We've just gotten so much better. We know more now, and we're ready, so I just feel like everything's gone at the right speed for us."

R5 released its latest EP, "Heart Made Up On You," in July, featuring four songs that will also be on the group's second album, which is due out during the spring of 2015. Lynch says the EPs "allow us to have some new stuff to play live and get a buzz going, while the album -- which will included all of the "Heart Made Up on You Songs" -- will show even more diversity than 2013's "Louder."

"We like to have a lot of variety on our records," Lynch explains. "We have a folky song and we have a more swung and soulful song and then we have a song that's more in your face and a Beatlesque track. We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that. It makes the show more interesting when you go from track to track and they're all different. The fans like that, too."

R5, Brandon & Savannah and Ryland

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $32.50

Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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