Hazmat Modine is an eight-piece band from New York. The band plays an unusual combination of instruments that results in a very unique sound. It’s an exciting mix of different genres like Jamaican rocksteady, traditional Memphis Blues, jazz, swing, Balkan, klezmer, rhythm & blues, rock ‘n’ roll and vaudeville.
Hazmat Modine plays the kind of music that could have come from New Orleans if it had been a city adjacent to the Black Sea and inhabited by gypsies befriended by Otis Redding. The band instrumentation includes mouth-organ, tuba, drums, guitar, banjo and a full brass section. Front man Wade Schuman also has an impressive hoarse voice. The band has toured all over the world for the past nine years, visiting more than 40 countries. In their career they have collaborated with a large array of artists that include Bombino, Kronos Quartet, Cat Empire, the Gangbé Brass band and Natalie Merchant. The title song of their first album “Bahamut” was also used in Wim Wenders’ 3D-movie “Pina”.