Hazmat Modine co-songwriter Wade Schuman sums up his band perfectly saying, “I think our band is like a really good NYC diner. The food comes from every tradition you can think of, but in the end it’s really the ultimate American comfort food.” Hazmat Modine’s membership includes musicians of various ages, races and backgrounds, a true melting pot, just like New York City, and their music draws from a host of American traditions including early jazz, the American popular songbook, blues, country, R&B, as well as a variety of world beats. It’s makes for exciting music that is always open to new influences and change. Hazmat Modine’s third album, Extra-Deluxe-Supreme, is meant as something of a document of their 10-year history and their adventures traveling the world, absorbing new influences and spreading American roots musics far and wide.
Schuman says, “It was inspiring to find people dedicated and willing to collaborate, first with Erik and Steve on the music, and then Mattias on the video… I also liked working with someone far overseas in Sweden, who could still express the strange essence of a vision of gothic upstate New York. This song is about the creative urge in all its folly and glory, Mattias did a fantastic job creating analogous visual world for the music and the idea of the triumphs and disasters of making things….”