Hazmat Modine – Wonderful And Eclectic

Some people use the word ‘eclectic’ when they want to describe something they find odd, but not I. I think it is the ideal word for Hazmat Modine, a band from New York whose music derives from blues, jazz, world, and folk.

Hazmat Modine

Hazmat Modine

Hazmat Modine appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts‘ Concerts in the Courtyard series last week; the concert was moved indoors but that did not dampen the spirit of the band in the least.

Wade Schuman

Wade Schuman

Eclectic can be defined as “deriving style from a broad and diverse range of sources” and that is certainly applicable to Hazmat Modine.  Even though I heard elements of many styles, the result was a unique blend that I can honestly say is unlike any band I have ever heard.

and Wade

Steve Elson and Wade

The band is composed of Wade Schuman on harmonicas and lead vocals, Joseph Daley on sousaphone (he also plays tuba), Pamela Fleming on trumpet, Steve Elson on saxes, Graham Hawthorne on drums, Rachelle Garniez on accordion and claviola (an instrument I don’t believe I had seen up to now), Michael Gomez on guitars, and Erik Della Penna on guitar and banjitar (silly me, I thought it was a six-string banjo).

Wade

Wade

Erik and James Dailey

Joseph Daley with Erik

Pamela Fleming

Pamela Fleming

Steve

Steve

Rachelle

Rachelle Garniez

Erik

Erik

Michael Gomez

Michael Gomez

Hazmat Modine’s sound is heavily brass and woodwind, as you would expect with three the members playing those instruments, and is not dissimilar to klezmer in that respect.  Wade’s harmonica is prominent, however, in most of the songs they played, as are the other instruments that are not brass or woodwind.

Wade

Wade

Wade described the influences that prompted the writing of some of their original songs, and that helped to better ‘hear’ the songs. One of those was ‘Mockingbird’; I truly felt what it is like to be awakened by one of them when the only thing I wanted was to sleep which is a realization I might not have come to without his explanation.

Steve and Wade

Steve and Wade

Wade is a terrific band leader; his interactions with the band as well as with the audience are fun to watch. It is a shame this show was not able to be held outdoors, because I sensed that having an audience that was on its feet would have made the show even more interesting than it was.

Wade

Wade

They played two sets and were cut short by the Museum’s closing time, otherwise I felt that they could have played for hours! I don’t think anyone in the audience would have minded if they had!

Hazmat Modine

Hazmat Modine

Hazmat Modine is a band worth seeing and I hope they return to Boston soon. I would love to see them in a venue where dancing is more appropriate.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on July 14, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sweet review, and totally right on!

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