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AaRON // Guitar & Vocals

AaRON // Guitar & Vocals

BRiAN // Bass & Vocals

BRiAN // Bass & Vocals

JoN // Drums & Vocals

JoN // Drums & Vocals

WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

We are A Waste of Electricity, and yes... we're ALL about wasting as much electricity as possible! But don't worry... at the moment it's mostly in the southern most region of Louisiana, in a small town called Houma. Barely noticeable. A Waste of Electricity (aka AWOE) is an all original power-pop trio, with heavy punk and acoustic influences. We offer high energy shows packed with blazing guitar rhythms, racing bass riffs, rambunctious drumming, and astonishing vocals with some beautiful harmonies to boot! I mean, what more could you ask for?! 

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Local band prepares for recording, live shows

By 
Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9:15 p.m.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
Chris Heller/Staff
Aaron Hamilton (from left), Jon Deroche and Brian Avet of A Waste of Electricity play Tuesday at the band's rehearsal space in Bourg.

 

After several years on hiatus, A Waste of Electricity, a trio of musicians from Terrebonne Parish, plans to throw the band into high gear as it begins recording a new album this month.

Members of the band are Aaron Hamilton, of Montegut; Brian Avet, of Houma; and Jon "Hammer" Deroche, of Bourg. While Hamilton plays guitar and keyboard, Avet plays bass and cello, and Deroche plays drums and cajón. All three also sing.

"We're currently working with producer Aaron Goforth from Yuba City, Calif.," Hamilton said. "Recording is scheduled to take place at the end of this month at Fallen Studios in Houma, and we're planning to have our very first single out by the end of this year with the album releasing sometime in 2016."

In addition to recording, the band also has scheduled several live shows. A Waste of Electricity will perform at the Boxer and the Barrel, a bar, 7817 Main St., Houma, at 10 p.m. June 6 with New Orleans punk band The Colossal Heads and Houma rock band Space Viking.

Hamilton and Deroche met while playing in the band at South Terrebonne High School. Hamilton is a 2001 graduate and Deroche is a 2002 graduate. In 2002, they formed A Waste of Electricity.

"We started out with nothing but a box guitar and a busted drum set in a rundown practice room," Hamilton said.

Deroche's father built the studio, which they dubbed "The Shed," in the 1970s as a practice space for his band. Once Deroche decided to take on music, his father passed it on to the next generation of musicians. The band continues to practice there today.

Hamilton said the band started following a discussion with Deroche's brother-in-law, Corey Songy, about the style of music they hoped to play.

Songy "jokingly said ‘sounds like a waste of electricity to me,' and history was made," Hamilton said with a laugh. "Our music can probably be described as a progressive fusion of elements based on our current moods and a wide variety of genres, including loud rock, punk, blues, jazz, psychedelic surf, ska and reggae. We're all products of the '90s, so that era of music really comes out in our style. Aaron and Brian are big punk and alternative fans, while Jon tends to listen to more metal. It works quite well."

During the band's formative years, A Waste of Electricity played jam nights — a public forum open for any local musicians to take the stage — on Thursday nights at the Brickhouse, a bar and music venue at 7934 Main St., Houma.

"We were packing the house on a jam night," Hamilton said.

Within two months of consistent weekly performances at the jam night, the band was invited to play its first scheduled weekend gig at the bar.

Hamilton said the band continued to play weekend gigs in the New Orleans and the Houma-Thibodaux area for two more years. But in 2006, "life took over," and the musicians disbanded.

In 2011, the band reunited, and although its last performance together took place years earlier, its first reunion couldn't have been better, Hamilton said.

"After a few sessions, we quickly realized that we hadn't missed a lick, and we'd only grown in our time apart," he said. "So, we decided that we should maybe hit the stage again."

After continued mishaps with various bassists, the duo decided to enroll their long-time friend, Avet, to fill the role in October.

"As soon as Brian stepped foot into The Shed, we immediately became aware that he was the link that was missing," Hamilton said. "October was when A.W.O.E. finally became what we had envisioned from the very beginning. For only being active for seven months in our current state, we have accomplished more than we could have imagined in the previous 12 years."

Avet agreed that the band's current situation is ideal for all members.

"I enjoy this band because it allows me the opportunity to write and perform music at our own pace in a stress-free environment," he said.

For information, visit www.awoe.rocks or A Waste of Electricity's band page on Facebook.

Staff Writer Kate Mabry can be reached at 857-2207 or kate.mabry@houmatoday.com.

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