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Boatman's Lament / Bio

Boatman’s Lament was the brain-child of guitarists/ vocalists Matt Schoop and Jon Blais. The two met through their day jobs and quickly became close friends after numerous conversations regarding their love of 90’s grunge and alternative bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and the like. Jon was in the midst of finishing his sophomore solo-record under the moniker Bald Melon Blaze, while Matt was dreading the end of his Burlington prog metal project Lowest of Tides. After both projects came to fruition, the two decided to give jamming a shot. After a short search via the typical avenues, lead guitarist and master wankerer Chris Brownell was brought in to complement the overall bottom end provided by Matt and Jon. The three rehearsed for a short time with drummer Jay Kenefic, who soon had to leave the project for personal reasons. After Jay’s departure, Chris contacted long time friend and ex-Huntington Project drummer Dan Bailey to fill in the spot. While practicing at Dan’s Hinesburg home, bL wrote its first few songs without a bass player. Six or so months after bL’s inception, Matt was contacted by multi-instrumentalist Ian Reilly (formerly of Burn The Sins and about a thousand other projects) who was to be moving back to southern Vermont after some time in the bible belt. Once Reilly joined the group, current projects were quickly finished, and new songs began to take shape with a decidedly heavier feel. What ended up coming out the other side is a quagmire of influences, not one of which being more apparent than any other. With a doom-like heaviness, bL somehow bridges the gap between suffocating down tuned sludge/doom outfits like Black Sabbath, Neurosis and ISIS, meandering prog bands like Opeth and The Tea Party, all with the vocal sensibilities of Alice in Chains and Acid Bath alike. They maintain a DIY work ethic and strive to do nothing less but push every song or movement to it’s most intense and epic state. No song is truly ever finished. The quintet will be releasing it’s demo record on April 2 at Nectars Lounge, and has been playing shows around Northern Vt for the last year, with intention of playing further and wider when fate allows. They are in the midst of finalizing production of a split release with fellow Vt prog metallers, Atlatl which is due summer/fall of 2013. Boatman's half of the record was recorded and produced at West Street Digital in Fairfield, Vermont, by Andre Maquera.

General Info

Band Members
Dan- Drums, Chris- Lead Guitar, Ian- Bass, Jon-Guitar/Vocals, Matt- Guitar/Vocals
Artist Name
Boatman's Lament
Home Page
Active Since
Other / Progressive Sludge rock/metal

Contact Info

Upper-Middle, VT

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