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As you may recall, iwrestledabearonce had a bit of a shakeup last year when original vocalist Krysta Cameron had a pregnant and left the band. Not wanting to let go of their crowd-drawing gimmick anytime soon, the band opted to pick up another female vocalist by the name of Courtney LaPlante. At first, she was billed as just a stand-in, with her other band Unicron — which sounds pretty much exactly like IWABO — as her main focus.

Now it’s looking like her placement in the band is a touch more permanent than all that, because they’re writing a new album with LaPlante still boasting frontwoman status. Will this have any sort of bearing on how the new material will sound? Likely not, but there’s some news that may have ruined a few days from people who care too much about silly things. I for one enjoyed Ruining it for Everybody, and I’m curious as to how LaPlante will leave her mark on the new record.

– JR

Photo by Jeremy Saffer

This year’s Vans Warped Tour is in full swing, but it isn’t without its hiccups. The polarizing group iwrestledabearonce had a bit of a surprise in store recently which put vocalist Krysta Cameron out of immediate commission: She’s pregnant as fuck. Guitarist Steven Bradley gives us the details:

“So here it is… complete transparency.  A press release written by me (Steven, original IWABO guitarist) with the truth on what’s going down.

The day before our Warped Tour show in Dallas, TX we had a day off in the DFW area. Krysta lives there now, so she went home to relax and do some laundry. The next day, we received word from her minutes before our set that she discovered she and her fiancé are expecting a kid and she would not be returning to finish Warped Tour with us. Obviously this is an insane curveball for everybody, but in typical IWABO fashion we will press on. And no matter what happens, Krysta has been our best friend for years and we want her to be happy.

So what the fuck is the plan then, you ask? Well on literally a few minutes notice, our friend Courtney LaPlante flew her ass down to meet up with us today so that won’t miss a single show of this tour. Courtney is a beast in both the singing and screaming departments and is also an incredibly awesome person. We wouldn’t tarnish the years of work that we’ve put into this band by having somebody half-ass it on stage with us, so please come to a show and give her a high-five and make her feel welcome for doing us this huge favor. It makes it feel even better and more natural since she has been a long-term fan of our band and already knows the material.

So long story short; Fear not friends and Bear Fuckers… We will continue to play Warped Tour and we hope that you will continue to support us. Getting to play for and talk to so many of you on a daily basis is honestly what we live for, and we will definitely continue with our plan to high-five everybody on Earth. We will update you with more info soon, including some new tour dates and info on our recently-finished full-length horror/comedy/whatever film A Beary Scary Movie!

And finally, thank you so much to everybody who has been so supportive of us for all these years and we hope to see you again soon!

Love,

- Steven / iwabo”

As the statement says, she will be temporarily be replaced by Courtney LaPlante of the band Unicron. Having listened to them, I find it as no surprise that she was a fill-in; they’re basically an even more unrefined version of IWABO,  so it looks like it’s all going to work out. The statement does seem unclear whether or not Krysta’s gone for good (the press release does refer to LaPlante as a “Fill-in”), but good on Krysta for taking the time off from the stressful touring cycle for the sake of her health during pregnancy. Whoever said IWABO were irresponsible goofballs didn’t know what they were talking about. Best of luck!

– JR

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