by Charissa Reeves
Pat Deighan and the Orb Weavers played to a different crowd than usual on Friday February 3 at Hunter’s Ale House. As the second pub crawl of the night hit the bar, girls from Mount Allison University in bright blue t-shirts reading Thornton Hunton Edwards vs Sobriety on the front stormed the dance floor. They waved their hands in the air and giggled as they stumbled to the psychedelic garage rock music.
The band played on as they would for any other crowd with Deighan on guitar and vocals, Shane Coady drumming, Joe McKenna on bass and John Mullins playing guitar.
The band has played together since September 2004, recording before they ever played a show together making its first official performance the CD release. Deighan and Mullins both played for The Tuesdays. Deighan was also a member of Eyes for Telescopes.
Coady has played as an official member of about 14 bands over the years and a fill in for another 10. He is also the drummer for Out From Under. Sitting across the table in the bar with his long brown hair loose he jokes, “I’m a musical lady of the night.”
The Orb Weavers is McKenna’s first band although he also plays for Out From Under. “I’ve been a closet bass player for years.”
The name Orb Weavers came from a book Deighan read about spiders. “They’re spiders that weave their webs at night so I thought that it worked because bands are all out at night, playing their music, weaving their webs. Plus The Stooges was taken.”
There’s little if any tension between members, and all are simply big-time music fans, Deighan said. “We all just love playing music and listening to music.”
The band has been sticking close to home since they started and will probably start looking for more venues in the future, said Deighan. “I think touring is the next step and some festivals.” McKenna’s goals seem even simpler: “Doing my best never to play in a cover band.”
The band is constantly writing songs and there are new ones coming out, Coady said. “It’s all Pat, Pat pretty much writes all the songs, the essence anyway.”
The band’s CD is entitled Night Life and is available at Back Alley Discs or online at www.sandbarmusic.com.