Iwrestledabearonce Vocalist Has a Special Place in Her Heart for Cameron Crowe
Krysta Cameron, vocalist for the deathcore band Iwrestledabearonce, is the quintessential fan of screenwriter Cameron Crowe. So much so that her band named its 2009 debut album, ‘It’s All Happening,’ after a line in ‘Almost Famous.’
“I remember seeing the movie ‘Almost Famous,’ a movie I’ve literally been in love with since I saw it,” Cameron said. “I’m a big Cameron Crowe fan. Anything he puts out is awesome.
“In the movie, they say, ‘it’s all happening.’ If you watch that movie and then go on tour, it is that lifestyle in a lot of ways. You meet people. They become your friends and then they leave you. The music politics is true. It sticks to that motto. On top of that being the reality, a lot of things have happened to us within this lifespan of the band so far. After two and a half years, the fact that we are where we are right now is amazing.”
‘It’s All Happening’ debuted at No. 121 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 4,300 copies upon its release. The CD landed at No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
“I’m very impressed with how well it did,” Cameron said. “I know that CDs people aren’t going, ‘Hey there’s a new record. Let’s go get it,’ like we did back in the ’90s when Green Day released ‘Dookie,’ or Korn released ‘Life Is Peachy.’ You ran out to the store to buy that album. It’s a totally different time now. Kids are buying it off online now or downloading it illegally, which is cool, too. It’s kind of weird knowing it’s doing pretty well knowing it is our first full-length album.”
The band recorded the album in Ross Robinson’s Venice Beach, Calif., studio with engineer Ryan Bush.
“Ross was kind enough to let us use his house and studio,” Cameron said. “We got off tour and he had two months free. That’s an opportunity of a lifetime so we got in the van, drove out to California and met Ross when he would come down. He would give us some encouragement here and there. It was really cool getting to see him and hear his stories of recording with Korn and the Cure. ‘I’m singing on the same microphone that Robert Smith did, that’s cool.’”