If you combined the Jonas Brothers and One Direction, with maybe just a touch of Hot Chelle Rae (and then added a girl), you’d probably come up with something a little bit like hooky L.A.-based pop-rock band R5. The quintet is made up of siblings Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel Lynch, along with their best friend Ellington Ratliff (the band’s name makes sense now, doesn’t it?). You may even recognize a couple members: Riker played Warbler Jeff in a number of Glee episodes, and Ross is Austin from the Disney series Austin & Ally.
“I Want U Bad” is a track off their debut EP Loud (out February 19th), and it’s about being in love with your best friend’s girlfriend, Rick Springfield-style. The song is driven by sister Rydel’s keyboards and features a catchy chorus that we can’t help but jam to. Check it out below.
R5 — “I Want U Bad”
If you find that you just can’t wait until next week for their EP to drop, Radio Disney will be playing it in its entirety this weekend as a part of their Top 30 Countdown. After the release of Loud, the band is embarking on its first national tour, which kicks off in Santa Ana, CA on March 15.