Teen band launching debut album

Apollo Bay teen rockers The Refuge, from left, Jackson Hayat, Houston Walters, Noa Matthews, Riley Newton and Leon Kennedy are launching their debut album Jet Stream with a performance at Apollo Bay RSL on Saturday night.

Apollo Bay teen rockers The Refuge, from left, Jackson Hayat, Houston Walters, Noa Matthews, Riley Newton and Leon Kennedy are launching their debut album Jet Stream with a performance at Apollo Bay RSL on Saturday night.

THE MEMBERS of one of the Colac district’s emerging bands have recorded a debut album before they are old enough to learn to drive.

The Refuge, which features 15-year-old Apollo Bay P-12 College classmates Jackson Hyatt, Houston Walters, Noa Matthews, Riley Newton and Leon Kennedy, formed two years ago.

The band has played festivals and concerts across the region since winning the Colac and district Battle of the Bands heat in 2014.

The Refuge is launching its debut album Jet Stream with a hometown gig at the Apollo Bay RSL on Saturday.

The band members recorded the album in their spare time at Apollo Bay P-12 College’s recording studio with the help of music teacher, Matty Orchard.

Frontman Riley Newton said he and his band mates were proud to have recorded their album “while we’re young and not too worried about money or jobs.”

“We’ve come a long way since we’ve started, it’s great we’re able to put on our own show and release a CD,” he said.

Riley said Jet Stream included 14 songs with lyrics about “trying to decide, being thrown to the side or moved out of the way and just life I suppose”.

The band has a hard-rock style, influenced by bands including Deep Purple and Foo Fighters.

Riley said the band was looking forward to celebrating their achievement of making the album and playing in front of family and friends this weekend.

“It feels really good because all our mates can make it, sometimes we’ve done gigs in Colac and they can’t get up there,” he said.

“It’s going to be a heap of fun; we’re going to be playing for an hour and a half, and we’re just going for it.”

The Refuge is also performing on Australia Day at 4pm as part of the A Day In The Bay festival on the Apollo Bay foreshore.

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