They’re young, no doubt about it.
The oldest just turned 20. Two are still in high school.
But all the members of the alternative rock band Roadlines are experienced musicians with plenty of gigs and a new album under their belts.
“I feel like when we first walk into a venue, when we have a show, (sometimes people) think, ‘These guys are going to be immature, they don’t know what they’re doing,’” said Ava Carlson, 16, the lead singer, bass player and founder. “But we’re serious about our music.”
Roadlines will celebrate the release of its album, called Just Press Play, with a performance Sept. 26 at Emerald of Siam in Richland.
The show is at 9 p.m., with minors allowed until 10:30 p.m. Cost is $3.
VHS and Volcanoes on the Sun also scheduled to play.
Carlson formed the band when she was 14. She’d started high school, and “I thought I should get myself out there,” she told the Herald. “I knew I wanted to be a musician. It was the only thing I wanted.”
Joshua Parker, 19, came on board a short time later as lead guitarist. He’d been playing since middle school, picking up his first electric guitar in about eighth grade.
Carlson and Parker are the only two members left from the early days.
Antonio Castillo, 20, now keeps the beat on drums. And Sean Weaver, 15, plays rhythm guitar.
Weaver and Carlson both attend Hanford High School in Richland. Carlson is a junior and Weaver is a sophomore.
The album has several catchy tunes, from the rocking I Can’t Go Back to the lovely, melodic No Place I’d Rather Be.
“I’ve got nowhere to go, so I stopped by the road. Looking at all I could see, the beauty that’s around me,” Carlson sings. “In this sweet frame of mind, I leave my troubles behind. And now it’s time to go, but I thought you should know. Deep inside of me, there is no place I’d rather be.”
Roadlines’ varied influences come through on the record, from Eric Clapton — a favorite of Parker’s — to Green Day.
Carlson is a diehard fan of Billie Joe Armstrong, who fronts the punk band.
She hopes to make a life in music, she said. She’s been dedicated to it for as long as she can remember.
And she’s excited to perform this weekend, to show what Roadlines can do.
“We are young, but we’re really serious about our music and we love what we do,” Carlson said. “We get the job done.”
Emerald of Siam is at 1314 Jadwin Ave.
IF YOU GO
What: Record release for the band Roadlines, also featuring VHS and Volcanoes on the Sun.
When: 9 p.m. Sept. 26.
Where: Emerald of Siam, 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland.