Words by John Degnan
Photos by Amozen and Nikk McCarron
“I like to think of myself as Jimmy Buffet on Red Bull,” admits Iain White. White, guitarist for the band Amozen, has gathered with the rest of the band at Big Heavy World, outside the studio of 105.9FM WOMM-LP The Radiator. Amozen is Vermont born and bred, having grown up jamming together in the St. Albans area. White, along with band member Blaine LaChance, both play guitar, sing, and write. Their guitar work is bolstered by Matt Dulude on drums and percussion, and Big Matty Pendris on bass and harmonica.
Amozen is a live musical force to be reckoned with. They have played all over Vermont including the requisite live music venues Nectar’s and Higher Ground, but also college campuses in Burlington, Johnson, and Lyndonville. Amozen’s résumé even includes sharing a stage with Braddigan (formerly of Dispatch) and Rhode Island’s hit rock/indie band Zox. “It’s all about the crowd,” explains Blaine LaChance, “we want people to get up and dance!”
Having grown up playing in Vermont all of their lives, Amozen has amassed a strong local following. In spite of this, the band craves the open road and the broadened fan base that usually follows gigs in other cities. Perhaps a starting point for their music to reach new ears will be the band’s performance at Jay Peak Ski Resort on March 13th as part of the resort’s Après Ski Series. Jay Peak, only ten miles from the Canadian border, regularly draws an international crowd – exactly what Amozen needs to grow.