Band has a prescription for cabin fever
BENNINGTON -- At some point, everybody fantasizes about becoming a rock star. For four Bennington musicians, including three doctors at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, that dream will come true this weekend at the Vermont Arts Exchange.
For its second concert of the year, the VAE Basement Music Series will present Morning Breadth, a four-piece rock band that brings together local property manager Michael Saccio (aka "Satch") on guitar, SVMC general surgeon Graham Moore on keyboard, OB-Gyn Malcolm Paine on bass, and cardiologist Steven Anisman keeping the band's heartbeat on drums.
With a wealth of musical experience in the genres that sparked the birth of rock, like British folk music and American blues, the band describes their sound as "music for 40-year-old teenagers," reflecting their energy and enthusiasm as a group. Anisman, the drummer, explained that their song choices are drawn from their favorite music from the past 50 years of rock history, especially the works of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Bassist Malcolm Paine said he remembers playing "War Pigs" and "Whole Lotta Love" in their first rehearsals.
"We all have the same foundation of growing up in the ‘70s and listening to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and Boston and the Doobie Brothers and all the great music on the radio during that era of ‘Classic Rock,' " Anisman said.
However, not all of their songs come from the time when today's 40-year-olds were teenagers. They also enjoy playing "newer, hard-edged stuff" by modern bands like Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Blur.
The band began with the duo of Michael Saccio on guitar and Anisman on drums before adding Moore and Paine, who are originally from Canada and England, respectively, over the course of 2013.
"Satch and I have been friends and bandmates since I've been living in Bennington, which is over five years at this point," said Anisman. "[We] have also been friends with Graham that entire time, but we never really had the opportunity to play together until the last six months or so. It's really helped add a great dimension to the music, and it's made things more fun having him with us."
Hailing from Manchester, England (although his wife is from Manchester, Vt.), bassist/ OB-Gyn Malcolm Paine moved to Bennington with his family 18 months ago after completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
"I was in a band up at Dartmouth," Paine said, "where a few of us used to get together and play similar kinds of music. When we moved here, Steve said they didn't have a bass player, so I volunteered to pick up my bass, which I hadn't played in over 20 years."
"When Malcolm moved here and joined us, it really elevated the whole thing in a very nice way," Anisman said.
The band meets to rehearse once or twice each month at Anisman's home in Bennington, although they said their various hospital and work schedules make it hard to find times that work for everyone.
With each member of the band being married and having children, Morning Breadth has even become a family affair.
"We get to have rehearsals at my house," Anisman said, "I really like that the kids get to see the process, hear the music improve and see us having a good time."
Paine said his 7-year-old daughter also thinks it's cool that her dad is in a rock band, so much so that she aspires to be in the band.
This weekend's basement concert will be a significant occasion for the band, and not only because it's their first public performance.
Anisman has performed at the VAE before, playing drums with The Prescription, a local blues, swing soul and dance music band, but he says this weekend's concert will be especially exciting for him and his friends in the band. As friends, they have attended other Basement Music Series shows together in the past, seeing artists like Chris Bergson and Howard Fishman. Having experienced those concerts from the audience, Anisman said they're "excited to be on the inside looking out" this time.
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What: Morning Breadth in concert
Where: Vermont Arts Exchange, 29 Sage St., North Bennington, Vt.
Admission: $22 at the door or $18 in advance
Information: (800) 838-3006
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