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William the Accountant

April 12 performance benefits Parents of Kids with Autism

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William the Accountant will be one of five bands playing in the 2014 Back Tax Music Festival Saturday, April 12. Band members (from left) include Ted Bigham, Zach Tamplin, Kevin Luce, Andrew Hahn and Kevin Bednar. The bands performance will benefit Parents of Kids with Autism.

A local band with the curious name William the Accountant will be among the performers during the "2014 Back Tax Music Festival" April 12 in the Park Street Saloon, 525 N. Park St.

William the Accountant, whose members include Northwest Side residents Kevin Luce, Andrew Hahn and Ted Bigham, will be appearing along with The Pass, MoJo Flo, Public, Teen Fiction, Stagolee, Wonder Twin Powers, Bright at Night and Lackluster.

Doors will be open at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10.

Two members of William the Accountant, guitarist and singer Luce and Hahn, who plays saxophone, work at local schools for children with autism, and their performance at the festival is to benefit Parents of Kids with Autism, according to Bigham.

Two years ago, before Bigham, onetime member of Karate Coyote, joined the band as drummer, William the Accountant did a show to help pay for musical instruments at the schools where Luce and Hahn work.

A scant week later, they did a "Tax Day Show," according to Luce.

"It's kind of one of the only puns that we allow with the William the Accountant," he added.

They decided to combine the fundraiser and pun-themed show last year at Woodlands Tavern, Luce said.

The nine bands will be performing on two stages at the new venue, the Park Street Saloon.

"There won't be any breaks," Luce said. "As soon as one band stops the other stage begins."

Five of the bands are based in the Columbus area.

The one named William the Accountant, which goes by the slogan, "An honest name, an honest job," on the official website, grew out of an earlier band.

The members play, according to the site, "a musical playground of late '70s new wave, Brazilian samba and New Orleans second line that defiantly incites activity and impulse."

"What's really funny, sometimes we say different things about the name," Luce said.

"One version used to be called Kevin Luce and the Townies during first year of existence, but we wanted something not focused on one individual and less college-sounding."

The version being given out last week to explain William the Accountant was crafted by Zach Tamplin, who plays guitar and didgeridoo.

His explanation, according to Luce, is that "all experiences are equally vital."

"We're all accountants, we're all musicians, we're all doctors and we're all the people who clean the toilets," the Tamplin statement continues.

"We very much aim to not be just the five of us on stage," Luce said.

"When we started the band we didn't even realize we were starting a band," he said.

"We didn't necessarily realize we were going out to play.

"It's a bummer we're on stage and we're loud because we want to be not just a performance, but an experience that people can come and take part of.

"You can do the same thing in a corner office with a calculator.