by Charissa Reeves
Charlottetown’s Cashmere Disciples hope to release their first five-song EP in February with a possible limited edition DVD of the movie the band got its name from.
Lead singer, guitar and harmonica player Drew Heggie, originally from Lower Sackville said the band’s name came from a film made by a friend of his back home. “One of my good friends from back home is an arts student and he made a film called John Williker and his father’s cashmere disciples.” Other members of the band are Miles Kinnee playing bass, Joel Walker on the drums, and Phil White playing guitar. White hails from Dartmouth while Kinnee and Walker are Islanders.
The band hasn’t decided on a name for the EP yet, but members say it will probably be self-titled. “The only five-songs you’ll ever need EP,” jokes Kinnee.
The band formed in April with Kinnee joining a couple of months ago, said Walker. “And it’s been magic ever since,” he laughed. The group’s former bass player left the band and Kinnee was the creepy guy living upstairs they suckered into playing for them, group members said teasing Kinnee. Before joining the group Kinnee played both guitar and drums in the recently disbanded group Midnight Auto Supply. Heggie is the major songwriter for the group, said the band. “I get depressed and I write songs,” said Heggie. “And then we complain that they’re not upbeat enough,” laughs Kinnee. “You speed them up,” Heggie laughs back.
The group plays very danceable country roots music with the occasional almost psychedelic guitar solo by White.
Band members differed slightly on future plans. “We want to start touring and maybe make a name for ourselves in the Maritimes and quit our day jobs,” said Kinnee. “I want to go to my 10-year high school reunion and tell them all that I played in a band and made a little bit of money from it,” said Heggie. “I just want to keep things like this,” said White.