Iwrestledabearonce recently finished a four-week stint on Warped Tour and are preparing to headline a fall tour which will be hitting Chicago on Oct 6th at the Bottom Lounge. Touring in support of their debut release It’s All Happening, iwrestledabearonce (iwabo) will be joined on the road with Eyes Set to Kill, Chelsea Grin, The Chariot and Vanna.
Formed in Shreveport, LA but now all living together in Birmingham, AL iwabo pull elements from grindcore, electronica, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll for the bands sound. Their debut album landed them at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart, and on June 29th iwabo reissued It’s All Happening to include a bonus CD and DVD featuring remixes and exclusive video.
During the bands Chicago stop at Warped Tour I briefly talked with lead vocalist Krysta Cameron about reissuing It’s All Happening, Warped Tour bands, and iwabo huge Warped Tour crowds.
You guys put out the album It’s All Happening and then went to release a remix album of it as well, how did that idea come up?
Krysta Cameron: On our EP we did end up remixing one of our songs which was on the EP by a band called Dada Yakuza. It went so well that we decided to do a full remix of the entire album, and have a bunch of our friends do a bunch of remixes. We decided to do it because you can listen to the entire album and then be able to go listen to the remix of the song. It is a deluxe edition so you have video of us playing in studio and on tour.
This is the bands first time playing Warped Tour, how has it been going so far?
Really fun, really fun. Everyday is a new chapter and you never know what you have to do. It is really tiring for sure.
Did you come in here with any expectations that were not met yet?
No, not at all. I came in with thinking we are going to kick ass, and have a good time. We are, we are having a great time.
I saw the band has massive crowds during your sets.
Yeah I know! I am like, where is this coming from?
You all had no idea it would be this big?
No, not at all.
What has been your reaction to that?
Shocked, I cannot help but smile when I am up on stage.
Do you have any guess as to why your fan base is so prominent here?
I don’t know why, I don’t know why. Obviously if people have not heard of us, and they come to watch another band at Warped Tour and walk by, hear something they like it picks up another person.
Are there any bands you came in knowing?
Oh yeah, we are really good friends with Vanna. It is cool to hang out with them.
Have you toured with any other bands on Warped Tour?
Yes, we have toured with Vanna and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
What is it like to be back with bands you know, and already have a connection with?
Yes, it is good to see them, catch up, drink, talk about tour, stuff like that.
What are the plans for after Warped Tour?
We have off thank god. Then we go on a headlining tour in the fall.
What is something you have always wanted to do but have not done yet?
Go to culinary school.
Really, what do you like to cook?
Everything, besides seafood, not too much of a seafood fan.
If you could see any band or artist perform any song live what would it be and why?
Bjork, “All Is Full Of Love”.
Do you have anything else to add?
Iwrestledabearonce will be headlining The Ghostbustour this fall which starts in Birmingham, AL on Sept. 23rd. Backed by HK Army Clothing, and MerchNow, The Ghostbustour also features Eyes Set to Kill, Chelsea Grin, The Chariot and Vanna. Tour dates are below, and more will be announced.
The Ghostbustour with Eyes Set To Kill, Chelsea Grin, The Chariot, Vanna:
Sept 23 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Sept 24 Metairie, LA The High Ground
Sept 25 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Sept 26 Greensboro, NC Greene St. Club
Sept 27 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Sept 28 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Sept 29 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
Sept 30 Clifton Park , NY Northern Lights
Oct 1 Worcester, MA The Palladium (downstairs)
Oct 2 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
Oct 3 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
Oct 5 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
Oct 6 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Oct 7 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Oct 8 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Oct 9 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Oct 10 Boise, ID The Venue
Oct 11 Spokane, WA The Blvd
Oct 12 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Oct 13 Portland, OR Satyricon
Oct 14 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
Oct 15 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
Oct 16 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
Oct 18 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Oct 19 El Paso, TX Club 101
Oct 20 Austin, TX Emo’s Outside
Oct 21 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Oct 22 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Oct 23 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
Oct 24 Shreveport, LA The Collective
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