Music group R5 chats with Kidsday

Kidsday reporters Harley Aquilino of East Norwich, Juliet Kidsday reporters Harley Aquilino of East Norwich, Juliet D'Aversa of Mottowtown and Cameron McKean of Oyster Bay, all 13 with the members of the group R5 Ellington Ratliff, Riker Lynch, Ross Lynch, Rydel Lynch and Rocky Lynch at the Grammercy Theatre in Manhattan. They were there to premiere the Ring Pop #Rock That Rock music video on June 9, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

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We met the band R5 -- Ellington Ratliff, Riker Lynch, Ross Lynch, Rydel Lynch and Rocky Lynch -- before a recent performance at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan. They were premiering their #RockThanRockMusic video. After interviewing them we stayed for their show.

Who is the smart one in the group?

Ross: He's [Ratliff] got a good vocabulary, he's [Riker] good with fashion, she's [Rydel] good with geography.

Is there any song by any other artist that you would like to perform?

Riker: There's a couple. We're loving doing "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince on tour right now.

Ratliff: We also do a OneRepublic cover "Counting Stars."

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Ross: Another cover we also like to do is "Seven Nation Army" by White Stripes. It's cool because I don't have to say anything. I just kind of like rock out and I get to play the solo.

Who is the funny one in the group?

Ratliff: It's very debatable. Me and Rocky like to tag team. We're like Batman and Robin.

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Do you have any nervous habits or superstitions?

Ratliff: I play with my hands.

Rydel: If it's like my solo keyboard part coming up, I got to like pop all the knuckles (makes gestures with her hands) to get the jitters out.

Riker: I usually do this sometimes (pointing to his leg jumping up and down) and it drives people crazy. Stop. What you do is you hold this one down.

Ross: I don't know why I did this. Before I go on a show, I'm just not going to look in the mirror like a few hours before the show. I just avoid a mirror. I don't know why I did it.

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What do you spend your money on?

Riker: Food, water, shelter, dates. Dates actually. Girls are expensive. Taking a girl on a date.

Ross: Honestly I haven't spent a penny.

Riker: Ross built a guitar. He bought all the parts. He bought his computer.

What are your hobbies other than music?

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Riker: Ice hockey

Ratliff: Sing to records

Rocky: Music

Riker: Surfing

Rocky: Watching sports

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