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iwabo_MG_0013June 7, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles based experimental-heavy-rock band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE have announced they will release their highly anticipated, third studio album, Late For Nothing, on August 6th via Century Media Records.

Late For Nothing was self-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band’s guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles. It also marks IWABO’s first record with their fiery new singer Courtney LaPlante who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar/programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with Late For Nothing. While the band’s signature, avant-garde style is well intact on the new album; their style has progressed immensely. By far their boldest and most accessible release to date, Late For Nothing rips and roars with blunt force intensity, incorporating their brain joggling breakdowns with a unique blend of electronics, jazzed-out time signatures and break neck riffage.

“The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different,” affirms Bradley. “We didn’t want to make another weird IWABO album or whatever people were expecting. We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released. It’s a more evolved version of the band. We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.”

Featuring the forthcoming, schizophrenic first single “Thunder Chunky,” Late For Nothing scales the summit of heavy rock/metal with twelve teeth gnashing tracks that find a happy medium between crushing metal and beautifully orchestrated melody. The album’s opener, “Thunder Chunky,” sets the tone for the album as they slash their way through songs like “Letters To Stallone,” that showcases LaPlante’s incredible balance of full throttle screams and melodic choruses, and “Carnage Asada,” which features a guest solo from the legendary Steve Vai.

IWABO will head to Europe for a summer run before returning to support the release of Late For Nothing in the U.S. on The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die.

Keep up with IWABO at https://www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce.

Late For Nothing Tracklist:
1. Thunder Chunky
2. Letters To Stallone
3. Snake Charmer
4. Boat Paddle
5. Firebees
6. Mind The Gap
7. Carnage Asada
8. The Map
9. That’s A Horse Of A Different Color
10. I’d Buy That For A Dollar
11. Inside Job
12. It Don’t Make Me No Nevermind

June 21 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Stadtmitte
June 22 – Schweinfurt, Germany – Kulturhaus Stattbahnhof
June 23 – Wien, Austria – Viper Room
June 25 – Graz, Austria – Explosiv
June 26 – Augsburg, Germany – Musikkantine
June 27 – Trier, Germany – Open Air
June 28 – Roitzschjora, Germany – With Full Force
June 29 – Montabaur, Germany – Mair 1
June 30 – Leeds, UK – Ghost Fest
July 2 – Moscow, Russia – Plan B
July 3 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – Arktika
July 5 – Sulingen, Germany – Reload Fest
July 19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
July 20 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
July 21 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
July 22 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
July 23 – Toledo, OH – The Rocket Bar
July 24 – Chicago, IL – Toyota Park
July 25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
July 26 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
July 27 – Denver, CO – Summit
July 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
July 30 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Aug 1 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
Aug 2 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Aug 3 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Aug 4 – San Diego, CA – Soma
Aug 5 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater
Aug 8 – Dallas, TX – The Door
Aug 9 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Aug 10 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Aug 12 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug 13 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Aug 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Aug 15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug 16 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Aug 17 – Hartford, CT – The Webster

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u34n_rainbowpaw_1April 17, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Avant-garde, heavy rock band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, in partnership with Alternative Press, has announced the release of a new limited edition t-shirt to raise donations and awareness for the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD. All proceeds from the shirt will be donated directly to GLAAD with additional contributions from Alternative Press.

Purchase IWRESTLEDABEARONCE’s GLAAD t-shirt now at http://iwabostore.com/

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE is an outspoken supporter of equality for all people and GLAAD’s grassroots promotion of understanding, acceptance and advancement in the LGBT community.

Watch a special video message from guitarist Steven Bradley here: http://youtu.be/gGrt9K6-6b8

“Our band has one simple message to spread – keep an open mind and be accepting of people and ideas which might seem different to you,” Bradley adds. “In keeping with that message, we are very happy to announce this exclusive shirt design with 100% of the profits being donated directly to GLAAD. We feel that everyone out there has the right to be happy, and that you should not be discriminated against because of your sexuality. We’d also love to remind people that just because you’re heterosexual, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore the issue of LGBT rights. Human history is riddled with examples of extreme prejudice against people and ideas that others simply do not understand, and we’re passionate about spreading the message that just because you don’t agree with or understand somebody, that doesn’t immediately, make them wrong. Homophobia belongs on the same list as other vile concepts like racism and sexism, and we need to do all we can to eradicate them from our world.”

Support equality for all by purchasing the new limited edition t-shirt and keep up with IWRESTLEDABEARONCE at https://www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce.

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Speaking The King’s at The Whisky

iwrestled1Iwrestledabearonce, Speaking The King’s, End Of Truth, A New Challenger Approaches, A Stranger To Me, The Whisky, March 29, 2013

It was a Friday night at the world famous Whisky on the Sunset Strip, and headlining the evening would be the relentless force of nature known as Iwrestledabearonce. Now with new lead vocalist Courtney LaPlante an integral part of the collective, the ferocious Shreveport, Louisiana-based band was in town to tear down the walls of the venerable establishment while on their way to the Extreme Thing musical festival in Las Vegas.

Also on the bill were several other LA and Orange County based bands including direct support from Speaking The King’s, the latest signing to Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  The local unsigned talent would leave a lasting impression as well, featuring well received sets by A New Challenger Remains, End Of Truth, and A Stranger To Me.  It was a evening of metal and mayhem, with many in the audience staying for the entire show!

Here is a recap of the bands Highwire Daze Online caught up with…

A Stranger To Me

astranger1Based out of the San Fernando Valley, A Stranger To Me took to the stage and really had the early arrivals paying attention. Opening with the dynamic Dream Eater, the collective slammed through a fantastic collection of tunes. Especially notable was the performance of front man Stephen “Boxman” Toledo, all over the stage delivering the lyrics with a ferocious magnetism. Delivering a sonic wall of sound were Danny Rodriguez on guitar and vocals, Nelson Lemus on guitar, Aldwin Generoso on bass, and Ryan Mason on drums. A thoroughly intensive set from an up and coming band who could clearly break out in a big way. Other songs performed in the short but potent set included Blood & Jack, Labyrinth, and Prisoner.  Further proof that the SFV is home to some vastly underrated talent!

A New Challenger Approaches

anewchallengerJudging by the sonic intensity emitting from the Whisky stage, one could only predict a glorious future for the talented musicians in A New Challenger Approaches. Based out of the thriving San Diego music scene, the band made their way into the wilds of the Sunset Strip and performed an impressive set of tunes. Jon Loera is a wonderfully charismatic front man, commanding the stage with a sense of urgency and conviction. The band is remarkable tight, with credits going to Napoleon Mata on guitar, Abraham Martinez on guitar, Tito Montero on bass, and Pablo Garcia on drums. With performances this impressive, A New Challenger Approaches should find themselves signed to the indie label in no time at all. Top songs in the set included Obsidian Empire, Red Scarf, and the especially explosive Pray to the Sharks. Expect to hear a lot more from this dynamic band in the months ahead.  It is exciting to discover impressive new bands such as A New Challenger Approaches!

End Of Truth

endofwhisky1We’ve written a few times before about End Of Truth from Los Angeles. Now playing a prime slot at the Whisky, their live set was nothing short of epic. The band may have been missing a member, but the show did go on, and they sent the legendary Sunset Strip establishment spinning. Hopeless Findings is a dynamic cut that really grabs you by the throat live. Towards the end of the set, lead vocalist Jonathan Arevalo introduced In Memory as a song memorializing those we have lost and miss in our lifetimes.  This proved to be an absolutely powerful finale, with Arevalo performing with an fiery sense of passion in his voice.  Felipe Herrera was on his own tonight in the guitarist department, yet delivered an impressive presentation. Bassist Randy Rios and drummer Eddie Villicana made a tremendously potent rhythm section while keyboardist Danny Morrison weaved a subtle yet haunting refrain.  End Of Truth is rapidly gaining a loyal fan base within the City Of Angels and beyond, and their gripping tunes and live performances are not to be missed! If you go to their Facebook page, you could download the band’s debut EP The Wreckage We Call Home for free!

Speaking The King’s

P1200604-2One listen to the mighty Speaking The King’s, and you could instantly see why Nuclear Blast Records snatched them up so fast. Along with At The Skylines and Heartist, Speaking The King’s is proving that the OC is once again a hotbed for signing exciting new bands. Presenting a mesmerizing brand of progressive hardcore with choruses you’ll definitely remember, expect this Speaking The King’s to become music royalty when they release their debut album. In the meantime, their super energetic live shows are not to be missed! Lead vocalist Bobby Burap is an outstanding front man, whether delivering impassioned clean vocals or unleashing the fiery uncleans onto the crowd. Dueling guitarists Mike Entin and Justin Bock presenting a dazzling wall of sound while bassist Brad Reihl and drummer Will Peacock drive it all home with a vengeance. Possessing a good deal of imagination and skill, Speaking The King’s present music that has a timeless quality while retaining its wondrous heaviness. One Foot At A Time is especially memorable and Casanova is a top-notch track the band is destined to play for the ages to come. A thrilling set that left a definitive impact!

Conclusion and Linkage

And then after Iwrestledabearonce devastated the scene, it was time to break out into the streets of Sunset, fully exhilarated by another classic night at the Whisky!

A Stranger To Me on Facebook
A New Challenger Approaches on Facebook
End Of Truth on Facebook
Speaking The King’s on Facebook
Iwrestledabearonce on Facebook



Bloody-Disgusting.com Premieres Official Movie Trailer

September 20, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – It’s been over year since IWRESTLEDABEARONCE announced they would be releasing A BEARY SCARY MOVIE, a feature film starring none other than themselves. Since the reveal, fans of horror and metal alike have been dying to see film and will be happy to know, the wait is nearly over. A BEARY SCARY MOVIE is scheduled for release on November 6, 2012.

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to premiere the official trailer for the film here: http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3193061/premiere-check-out-the-trailer-for-iwrestledabearonces-a-beary-scary-movie/

A BEARY SCARY MOVIE was written and directed by Justin Beasley of KOTK Productions and features the musical stylings and acting debut of IWRESTLEDABEARONCE. The horror-comedy follows the tale of Shreddy – the deranged guitarist from legendary 80’s hair metal band White Vulture – who comes straight from hell murdering bands one by one by hacking them to pieces. Now it’s up to Steven, Mikey, John, Krysta and Ricky to make it out alive.

The film also features an impressive cast including M. Shawn Clown Crahan, Larry Parks, John Dillion, Phillip Wright, Jim Babel, Charlie Huffman and Kelly Keodara, with a special appearance by Jake Busey.

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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE Announces Headlining North American Tour

August 13, 2012 — After blowing the crowd away on this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour and at Heavy MTL this past weekend, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE is proud to announce the North American leg of their headlining World Tour, the “Ruining Earth For Everybody” Tour. With support from Oceano, Vanna, Within The Ruins, The Plot In You and Surrounded By Monsters, the band will head out this October for their North American run. Fans should expect nothing less than an incredible live show. Guitar World Magazine says IWRESTLEDABEARONCE “creates an almost unclassifiable melange of musical genres and styles,” and About.com Heavy Metal explains, “whether they’re billing themselves as black metal or ‘electro-jazz-metal-tech-triphop-grind,’ it’s an incredible sound.” A full list of North American dates for the “Ruining Earth For Everybody” Tour can be seen below. For additional information on the tour and VIP tickets, visit: www.iwrestledabearonce.com

Check out the band’s music video for “I’m Gonna Shoot.” The performance video was made with footage taken from the band’s recent sold out shows in Mexico and can be seen here: http://youtu.be/E962IJsy5RY

“Ruining Earth For Everybody” North American Edition:
10.05.12 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
10.06.12 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10.07.12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10.09.12 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
10.10.12 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10.11.12 Mcallen, TX @ Geo’s Music Venue
10.12.12 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10.13.12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
10.15.12 St. Louis, MO @ Fu Bar
10.16.12 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
10.17.12 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10.18.12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10.19.12 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
10.20.12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10.21.12 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10.22.12 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10.24.12 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10.25.12 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
10.26.12 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10.27.12 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10.28.12 Springfield, VA @ Empire
10.29.12 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
10.31.12 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
11.01.12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11.02.12 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
11.03.12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11.04.12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11.05.12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11.06.12 Boise, ID @ The Venue
11.08.12 Spokane, WA @ A Club
11.09.12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11.10.12 Portland, OR @ Branx

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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE Releases Statement on Fill-in Vocalist

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE is on the full Vans Warped Tour this summer performing on the Ernie Ball Stage. Fans attending the festival will notice something unfamiliar on stage: IWRESTLEDABEARONCE performing with a different vocalist. To cast all rumors and speculation aside, guitarist Steven Bradley has issued the following statement:

“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!

– Steven / iwabo”

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Kicking off Vans Warped Tour 2012 at Club Nokia

It was that time of year once again for the Vans Warped Tour Kick Off Party, with the press conference and show taking place at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles.  Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman hosted the event and presented many of the bands who will be on the 17th edition of the legendary festival.  A screening of the Warped Tour documentary also took place and was well extremely received by the early arrivals.  One of the bands featured in the film, Forever Came Calling, opened up the show followed by sets from Matt Toka, Dead Sara, and Falling In Reverse.  The two surprise headliners did not disappoint, with a stunning acoustic set by Yellowcard and a fiery all out performance by The Used.

At the press conference, Highwire Daze interviewed Kevin Lyman as well as six bands who are slated for Warped this year and/or are veterans of tours from the past.  Read on as we present to you our chats with Cherri Bomb, Iwrestledabearonce, The Briggs, Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am), The Darlings, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, and of course Mr. Lyman himself.  Our Vans Warped Tour Kick Off Party coverage starts now…

Kevin Lyman – Vans Warped Tour Founder

What made you decide to do another Warped Tour this year as opposed to going to the Bahamas for the summer or something?
We are going to the Bahamas actually with the Mayhem Cruise this year! We’re about ready to announce the Mayhem Cruise, and that’s going to be four days in the Bahamas. So not only am I putting on tours this summer, but I’m going to the Bahamas in December!

What were your impressions of the movie No Room For Rock Stars and what was your participation in it?
You know, I had some preliminaries meetings. I’ve watched it a few times now of course. It’s really the perspective of (director) Parris Patton, who had never been really exposed to Warped Tour – and just his experience out there. I kind of like to say that every fan and every artist has a different experience everyday and different impressions – and this is what he came up with. There’s so many stories going on out there at once – and it’s pretty impressive the way he culled this together into four or five really cool ones.

What advise would you give a new band about to go on Warped Tour for the very first time?
Just be ready to work.

Every kid who has a band wants to be on the Warped Tour. How should they go about it?
Everyone should start submitting their stuff to me around September 1st and then I just start listening to music and hanging out – putting it in a puzzle and trying to see where it all comes out. About two months later – that’s what it is – right or wrong. And if I book the right tour, it makes everything else a little easier.

When you attempt to relax after a day of Warped Tour, what music do you listen to?
I like Michael Franti. I listen to a lot of old blues. On the bus, some BB King. Some reggae of course – everyone knows I’m a reggae head, so I listen to that.

Would you ever do a reggae festival?
I used to do Bob Marley Days. I’ve got enough festivals right now with Mayhem and Throwdown – I’m good right now.

Will there be a Punk Holocaust 3?
We already did it! We shot it last summer.

When is it coming out?
You gotta ask Doug. I don’t know. We shot Punk Rock Holocaust 3 last year. I suspect it will come out now or soon.

Will you ever receive any awards for your acting?
No. I’m not worried about that.

Do you ever go talk to the parents in Reverse Day Care and do you relate to them or to the kids more?
Almost every day. I go out there, because I have this new term called “Demographically Desirable.” It’s my new term I came up with last week. Like for 50, I’m demographically fit. Maybe I’m a little cooler than the average 50 year old. Now I’m not going to compete against a 24 year old or 20 year old. It’s not my demographic. But that’s the whole thing – kids were coming up to me saying, “My showcase is at 3AM.” I go, “Not demographically desirable!” You know! I’m demographically desirable to go to a showcase that at the latest ends at 11:00. So even tonight being midnight, you’re starting to push my demographic desirability. So be comfortable within your demographic. But trust me, I go out in that tent and see a lot of those parents. Love that they are all out there, but it actually makes me feel pretty young. They’re all sitting in their chairs and I can still get out there and do this for two months.

What were Eminem and Katy Perry like on the Warped Tour prior to them becoming so famous?
Katy Perry – fantastic! And when this is absolutely all over, Katy Perry is going to be one of my favorite people that I ever got to work with. She’s a genuine real person, and she worked her ass off and she kept a good sense of humor about her. And then to watch her now maturing – at the Music Cares event when she pledged 250 thousand dollars to help other musicians. Kind of a bad ass! Eminem – I didn’t really get to know him as well. Ice T was on the tour that summer, so I was spending a lot of time with Ice T. I ultimately respect him for what he’s done. Some people have pooh-poohed the time they did on Warped Tour – like it was not their time. But it did help him and he’s recognized that – and he’s asked other artists to go do that tour. And he’s spoken with other artists – Yelawolf – these guys all want to do Warped Tour – Machine Gun Kelley is out there. So they recognize that going out there and putting the work in is a good thing.

If Lifetime were to do a movie about you and Warped Tour, who would play you?
I would hope for someone like Tom Hanks. At some point, the young Tom Hanks would be cool. Now I hang out with Matt Lilliard – he’d probably make a good Kevin Lyman. Me and Matt Lilliard are good friends now. He reminds me a lot about myself. He’d probably be a good Kevin Lyman.

Do you have any messages for fans coming to work tour this year?
As always, come with an open mind. Come with an open mind and you’re going to walk out learning something – whether it’s great bands – a great cause to get involved in. It’s a great day! You know, you watch online and people say “The line up sucks!” I go, “Stay home! It’s your choice! Come out! Stay home!” It’s a free country – kinda…

Brian Marquis – The Acoustic Basement Stage

Introduce yourself and tell me what you are going to be doing on the Warped Tour this summer?
My name is Brian Marquis. I’m going to be producing the all-new Acoustic Basement – which is an all-acoustic stage for Warped Tour. And I’m also playing on the stage all summer long. I was in a band called Therefore I Am and now I’m doing solo stuff. Therefore I Am was out on 2009 Warped Tour, and now I’m back doing my own thing.

Who came up with the idea for doing the Acoustic Basement stage?
It was me. I approached Kevin in October of last year. I kind of brought up the idea. I said, “Look, there’s a lot of guys like me who’ve been in indie punk hardcore bands and now they’re doing a little more stripped down, folky kind of vibe. There’s a lot of guys like Into It, Over It, Koji – and then there’s a lot of guys from bands like Anthony Raneri from Bayside, Vinnie Caruana from I Am The Avalanche and The Movielife – a lot of guys like that are doing their own solo acoustic stuff bringing intimate shows – the living room vibe into other people’s shows. That’s really cool.

How did you get all of the other bands involved in playing the stage?
A lot of the guys I really knew – just from playing music for years and years.  So Kevin asked me, “Well, you know a lot of these guys. Hit em up and see if they’re even interested.” And everybody I hit up was like, “This is a great idea. I love it!” And everybody was on board from the beginning. Absolutely nobody that was hesitant – everybody thought it’s the right time and it would be a really cool, new thing to have at the Warped Tour.

Do you have any new recordings out?
I do. I put out my debut EP called Snow Damage – it came out in November. And I hope to have a Covers album come out right before Warped Tour.

Is there story behind the Snow Damage title?
Snow Damage kind of refers to – I grew up in Connecticut and Boston in New England. Snow Damage is kind of when the snow clears in the spring, it reveals all the damage that’s it done. And the springtime is a renewal time and a time to rebuild and get back together. So after my band broke up, I felt a little shook up – and I had to pick myself up and start over again. And I started writing tunes by myself – and here I am – I’m doing it.

Do you still keep in touch with any of the former members?
Yeah, I do. They’re all doing different musical projects at different levels, different genres. But yeah, we’re all friends.

What advice would you give a new band about to go on Warped Tour for the first time?
Gold Bond Medicated Powder is your friend. You don’t need more than two cans of Monster Water to take a shower. And get yourself some baby wipes. And that’s pretty self-explanatory.

The Briggs

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Briggs, and what’s the most embarrassing song you have on your IPOD?
Joey: I’m Joey and I’m from the band The Briggs. And most embarrassing song on my IPOD? I have a lot of embarrassing things. At least people would think I would find it embarrassing – because I have a lot of actual dub step in my IPOD and a lot of things that 14 year olds are listening to – like Bring Me The Horizon and things like that. But even funnier, I have little kids songs in German for my daughter – all these really cheesy kids songs –they probably get more play than The Clash or something like that.

Jason: What’s up? I’m Jason from The Briggs. Actually, you know what’s more embarrassing than the most embarrassing song on my IPOD – is my IPOD! I’ve got an old silver Nano – that’s my IPOD – and that’s probably the most embarrassing part of it. I have a play list on it right now called The Manly Play List – it’s got some rock on there and it’s got some dub step on there that’s a little bit cheesy. And Noisia – I don’t know if anyone’s ever heard of Noisia.

What are you guys looking forward to the most about Warped Tour this summer and how many Warped Tours have you been on?
Joey: We’ve done four Warped Tours in the past. This year we’re actually taking a little break off of the Warped Tour. We have a new single coming out in a month. We’ve been a little bit out of the scene for the last year or so and we’re just kind of getting back in there – having a new song and a new video. The whole thing. We’re just kind of getting back on that pony.

Tell me about the new single. What is the title and inspiration for the song?
Joey: It’s called Panic. It’s a little bit of a hectic song. Basically what happened – we were going in to record a song for a Rancid tribute album. They’re putting together a Rancid tribute album with a bunch of great bands – The Streets Dogs and Left Alone and Death By Stereo and a bunch of other bands contributing a song for that. We were making our song for that. We were all in a room making that song and we were like, “You know what? Why don’t we make a single – release it – do the whole thing?” We had something sitting around for a while – we put it together – and we’re super, super proud of it. I think it’s exciting – I think that Briggs fans will really dig it and I feel that is also pushes the band forward and it’s a little bit of a new direction for us at the same time.

What advice would you give a new band about to go on Warped Tour for the first time?
Joey: Bring lots of Preparation H and other creams that might help you from different funguses. It’s true. I’ve had some serious, horrible things go wrong from that heat and the sweating and all that miserable stuff.

Jason: And don’t do Warped Tour in a used RV. The Horror Pops did that in 2008 and they were breaking down like every two seconds. It was a really nice RV, but it’s not meant to do Warped Tour. You’re driving ten hours a day and it’s really frigging hot – and you’ve got to keep your RV on all day – and most RV’s are just not going to make it. They’re going to break down. So get a bus or do it in a van,

Joey: That’s the thing. A lot of bands think they’re getting fancy and they’re gonna take a school bus or a shuttle bus or something out that. And nine times out of ten it just ends up failing miserably, because those things are not meant for that much driving and that many miles. The 15 passenger vans are great for touring. It’s miserable, because it’s a bunch of people packed in a van, but it’s better off than trying to do it in some odd vehicle that you think is going to be more comfortable for you to sleep in.

When could we expect a new full length from The Briggs?
Jason: We’re working on it right now. It’s in the works, but we just don’t know when we’re going to release it. We wanna really make it right. So probably in the beginning of next year we’ll have something new to give everybody – a full-length record.

Do you have any messages for long time Briggs fans?
Jason: Thanks for hanging in there and sticking around. We took some time off to kind of clear our heads and everything. We’re excited about the new stuff that we’re working on and I think people will really like it. It’s just great that people are embracing that and welcoming us back to the scene, so that’s cool.

Cherri Bomb

Where is your band from and what is the music scene like there?
Miranda: We’re from LA and it’s pretty awesome. There’s a lot of musicians around.

How did you wind up being signed to Hollywood Records?
Julia: I’m not really sure. Our manager helped us a lot. She opened up a lot of opportunities for us. We’re just really thankful to have the right people behind us.

You have a new album about to come out. What inspired some of the lyrics on the album?
Julia: We collaborate a lot. We co-wrote with our producers, and that’s pretty much how our album was made. We actually write a lot of poems – a lot of journal entries – and we kind of combine them all together and form them into lyrics. We’ve done that a lot. They all have different meanings to each of us, since it’s a collaboration. So I think we all have different inspirations, and we hope that people think they could relate it to their situation.

How many dates of the Warped Tour are you on?
Rena: 17 days.

How is it going to feel touring with a bunch of guys on the Warped Tour?
Rena: It’s been really cool, because they act like our big brothers since we’re so young. A couple of them, on some other tours like at Soundwave – a couple of them have actually offered us alcohol – and we’ve told them our ages and they’re like, “Oh, okay, I’m sorry.” And they ended up actually being really nice to us.

What are you looking forward to the most about this year’s Warped Tour?
Julia: We’re looking forward to have more experience. Seeing the bands! The lineup is perfect – oh my God, the line up is so good!

Rena: And hopefully meeting some new bands that we could connect with.

What could one expect from a live Cherri Bomb show?
Julia: Our show will take you on a journey. We want it to be an intimate experience.

How much touring have you done so far?
Julia: We’ve done a lot of touring over the past year. We’ve toured in Europe. We did a bunch of festivals – Reeding Festival, Leeds Festival – we’ve done Rock en Seine in France. Recently we went to Australia and we did Soundwave and we were at South By Southwest. We just got home a couple of weeks ago and now we’re starting up rehearsals again.

What’s the strangest thing that has happened while on tour?
Miranda: This was in Australia for Soundwave, and we were on a bus on the way to our hotel. It was super late at night and everyone was dead tired. Most of the people on the bus were drunk. And we were just sitting there towards the front of the bus, and all of a sudden we hear something coming down the aisle. And we look over and this guy was stark naked – just totally naked! He runs past us, and I think I screamed (much laughter) and then he ran back – and we’re just like, “What just happened?” Apparently he thought it was funny, but he didn’t realize how old we were. He was totally drunk too.

What was he doing on the bus?
Rena: He was part of one of the bands and he was probably just drunk and bored and tired, so he just did it. (Laughs)

Do you have any messages for people who want to check out your music for the first time?
Miranda: Basically, we’re here to inspire other people to follow their dreams and we hope that’s what you get out of our music. And you can check us out – our website is cherribombband.com – we have a Youtube channel – and our album is coming out May 15th!

Julia: Our music is modern but also inspired by a lot of classic rock groups. We mesh the two together – and we really enjoy the sound that we have and we hope that other people do too!

The Darlings

Introduce yourself and tell me what you in the band.
My name is Zacc and I play guitar for The Darlings.

Where is the band from?
We’re from South Bay area – Hermosa / Redondo Beach.

What do you think of our local music scene out here?
It’s very consolidated – it’s very concentrated. It’s very hard. There’s a lot of people doing everything. It’s very competitive.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and how many dates are you on?
We are doing two weeks – 15 days. We start in New Jersey – we’re capping it off. We’re doing the last two weeks of Warped Tour. You know, it’s tough but it’s awesome. There’s no other tour like it! I’m always stoked to do Warped Tour.

How many Warped Tours have you done?
They’ve done like 2-3. I’ve done Warped once, but not with The Darlings. So this will be my first Warped with The Darlings.

What band were you in prior to The Darlings?
I was in Allura.

What could one expect from a live The Darlings show?
Just a vintage rock and roll-y feel. Very high energy. Think like Black Sabbath, but modern, a little faster with a punk edge.

What advice would you give a band about to go on Warped Tour for the very first time?
Wear sunscreen. Pack shorts and swim trunks. And bring a padlock for your own personal porta-potty.

Do you have a favorite Warped Tour memory?
Always love the barbecues.

If you weren’t doing Warped this year, what do you think you’d be doing for the Summer of 2012?
Surfing, working my day job – and playing my music still.

And do you have any messages for The Darlings fans?
Keep it up! You’re the reason that we’ve got as far. And stay tuned for new music videos coming out. And thank you for the support!


Introduce yourself, tell me what band you’re in, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Steven from Iwrestledabearonce and we’ve been around for five-ish years.

How many Warped Tours have you been on?
We did 2010 and now we’re on for 2012 again.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour this summer?
Everything! Just drinking and hanging out with all of our friends. We already know so many of the bands on the tour. From 2010 and every tour we do, we’ll make new friends, so that’s awesome. But just everything about it. It’s so organized and there’s nothing to worry about. It’s the only sort of festival thing you will ever do where you know that everyone involved knows their shit and it’s organized. Well for us anyway. Every other fest we do, it’s like, “Well yeah, your set got pushed back an hour and a half. Hey, you’re only playing for 2 minutes!”

How about the New England Hardcore and Metal Fest?
We’ve done that one before. That’s super organized too. Scott Lee knows his shit!

What could we expect from an Iwrestledabearonce live performance from Warped Tour this year?
A lot of movement, because the stage is so damn hot that if you’re wearing shitty shoes – it sounds dumb – like a produce placement – but if you’re not wearing Vans, your feet will god damn melt to the stage. So I’ll probably take my guitar off and throw it at people again. You know, same old same old – probably break some shit and make a lot of people really happy and piss off a lot of others. It seems to be what we’re good at.

What advice would you give a new band about to go on Warped Tour for the first time?
Prepare to never bathe. The best way you could describe it is a traveling summer camp for degenerate musician bastards. I don’t even know. Literally just have fun. It’s so weird and unique – it’s hard to say until you do it. I’d be lying if I said that 2010 that we weren’t all nervous and excited. We grew up going to Warped Tour, so it’s crazy to be actually on it. Don’t sleep. Fucking hang out all day! Get out of your van – get out of your bus, walk up to fucking every band in every tent and make friends. You literally can leave the tour knowing everyone on it and have a million new friends and the best summer of your life. And if you’re not straight edge, drink heavily!

How was Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins of Saved By The Bell) to work with on your music video?
That’s a question I don’t hear enough. He was awesome. He’s the nicest guy ever, considering he’s Mr. Belding and everyone on Earth knows him. We go into a Dennys and “Sorry there’s a ten minute wait. Oh Mr. Belding?!? Come on right in!” But he’s totally okay with it.  He’s been in a lot of things, but he’s Mr. Belding, you know what I mean. You’re lying if you say anyone off the Saved By The Bell cast will be remembered as anything other than that. It’s the first reference. And he’s totally okay with it – he loves it. He says he’s met a million people who have said, “Yeah, your show got me through a lot. It sounds stupid, but I love you. Thank you so much dude!” And he’s totally okay with being called Mr. Belding for the rest of his life. He’s so stoked to be a part of that and he’s the nicest guy. I was shocked! I expected him to be such a dick. But I still have his cell phone number and he will text me and we’ll be like, “Hey, when are we going to Denny’s again?” I don’t know what to say, other than we were super nice to him, so in return, he’s been super nice to us. I expected him to be way more of an asshole. Cuz he’s been around – getting bothered by people in restaurants forever. We went out to eat three times and everywhere we went, people were like “Mr. Belding!” And every single time he was nice to every single one them. He deserves a million dollars and high fives from everyone. He’s the coolest guy!

Do you have any messages for your fans out here in the Los Angeles area?
I live in South Pasadena, so get your medical card. If you live in the Los Angeles area, your life is good. You have palm trees and good weather every single day. There’s nothing to complain about. That’s all I could say. Life is beautiful in Southern California. And whoever came out to our show in Long Beach the other weekend, thank you for starting a riot and shutting the goddamn show down. Thank you!

Tomorrows Bad Seeds

Introduce yourself, tell me what band you’re in, and how long the band has been together.
I’m in a band called Tomorrows Bad Seeds. We’re based out of Los Angeles. We’ve been together for about seven years going now. We’re working our butts off touring. We are about to release our third album called The Great Escape. It will be out before this Warped Tour.

How many Warped Tours have you participated in prior to this one?
This will be our third. The last two years we did two-week runs. And Kevin asked us to be on the whole tour this year, so we’re really excited for that.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour this summer?
Honestly, just all the people we’ve grown to become friends with and everyone that’s a part of it and all the bands and all the kids and the fans. Everything about it is real and it’s energetic. There’s a lot of hard workers. It’s like boot camp. I really enjoy the fact that everyone takes it seriously. It’s organized chaos. I like to see all the bands and crews work their butts off and really put their hearts out into the tour.

What could we expect from a Tomorrows Bad Seeds live Warped Tour performance?
A lot of energy. A little bit of dub step breakdowns we’ve got going that aren’t really a part of our songs – so it’s kind of like interlocking that sound. Just a good positive message.

Is there a story behind the title The Great Escape?
The title kind of says that we’re always trying to escape from something as people. And that’s kind of what music is – to me at least. The album has the vibe and the feel of a great escape, so that’s why we named it that. Plus we like aliens and stuff – I’m kind of obsessed with an intergalactic world – so it pertains to that too secretively.

What do you think of our local music scene out here?
I think it’s great! I think it always has been. We’re actually from Hermosa Beach, California to narrow it down – home of Black Flag, Pennywise, the Descendents – so we grew up on a lot of punk rock. But then again, being from the LA Country area, you had bands like Rage and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus and all these other bands that were influencing my generation. So we kind of fused everything. The music in LA is now is a melting pot of culture and it’s amazing.

What advice would you give a band about to go on Warped Tour for the very first time this year?
Don’t expect anything too soon. Don’t whine. And just play and leave your heart on the stage. Do exactly what you came there to do – and that is to play music and promote your band.

If you weren’t traveling on Warped Tour this summer, what do you think you’d be doing for the summer of 2012?
We’d probably be on some other tour, because we never stop touring. We literally just got off tour. This is our break to just finish the record and prepare for Warped Tour.

(Interviews and Photos by Kenneth Morton)


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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE Confirmed for Vans Warped Tour 2012

Another handful of acts playing Vans Warped Tour 2012 has just been announced and IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will be on the full tour from June 16 – August 6. “After how much fun we had in 2010, we’re beyond stoked to head out on Warped again!” says guitarist Steven Bradley. “Warped crowds are amazing and doing signings every day and meeting everybody rules. Cannot wait!”

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will join CHELSEA GRIN, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, SENSES FAIL, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS and a number of other artists that will be revealed shortly. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available on April 6, 2012. Fans should check www.vanswarpedtour.com for line up announcements and other updates.

Prior to the Vans Warped Tour dates, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will be heading out with Molotov Solution, Glass Cloud and The Greenery for the “Road To Metal Fest” tour leading up to and following their appearance on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 21.

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE recently released their sophomore album, Ruining It For Everybody which debuted at #75 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts. Highlighting both chilling screams and soothing melodies from vocalist Krysta Cameron, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE has mastered the combination of heavy music and glitch electronics. As put by Crave Online, “Iwrestledabearonce have created a shimmering piece of artistic genius.” The music video for the track “You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices” can be seen here.

For more information on IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, please visit:

“Road To Metal Fest” Tour Dates:
4/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
4/17 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
4/18 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
4/20 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
4/21 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Festival @ The Palladium
4/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/24 – Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
4/25 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
4/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
4/27 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
4/29 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/01 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Cinnabar

Vans Warped Tour Dates:
6/16 – Salt Lake City, UT
6/17 – Denver, CO
6/20 – Las Vegas, NV
6/21 – Irvine, CA
6/22 – Pomona, CA
6/23 – San Francisco, CA
6/24 – Ventura, CA
6/27 – San Diego, CA
6/28 – Phoenix, AZ
6/29 – Las Cruces, NM
6/30 – San Antonio, TX
7/1 – Houston, TX
7/3 – Dallas, TX
7/5 – Saint Louis, MO
7/6 – Detroit, MI
7/7 – Chicago, IL
7/8 – Minneapolis, MN
7/9 – Kansas City, MO
7/10 – Indianapolis, IN
7/11 – Cleveland, OH
7/12 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/13 – Toronto, ON
7/14 – Montreal, ON
7/15 – Hartford, CT
7/17 – Buffalo, NY
7/18 – Scranton, PA
7/19 – Boston, MA
7/20 – Philadelphia, PA
7/21 – New York, NY
7/22 – Oceanport, NJ
7/24 – Washington, DC
7/25 – Virginia Beach, VA
7/26 – Atlanta, GA
7/27 – Orlando, FL
7/28 – Miami, FL
7/29 – Tampa, FL
7/30 – Charlotte, NC
7/31 – Cincinnati, OH
8/1 – Milwaukee, WI
8/4 – Seattle, WA
8/5 – Portland, OR


IWRESTLEDABEARONCE Announces Headlining US Tour

Merch Now Presents the “Road To Metal Fest” Tour

Having spent the better half of the last year on the road supporting acts such as OF MICE AND MEN and AS I LAY DYING, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE is proud to announce that they will be headlining their next US tour, “Road To Metal Fest“, presented by Merch Now. Kicking off on April 16th in Oklahoma City, OK the string of dates will lead into New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 21st and continue on until wrapping up in Flagstaff, AZ on May 1st. Alongside IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, the “Road To Metal Fest” tour features some of the quickest rising acts in the heavy music scene including MOLOTOV SOLUTION, GLASS CLOUD and THE GREENERY. A full list of dates are below and pre-order tickets are available at the following link: www.soundrink.com

“We’re super excited about this tour and the opportunity to play New England Metal and Hardcore Fest again!” Says IWRESTLEDABEATONCE guitarist Steven Bradley. The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is the largest, longest running and most successful metal festival in the United States. It has presented some of the biggest and up-and-coming artists in the metal and hardcore music genres over the past 13 years. “A lot of these shows are in venues we missed in 2011, so can’t wait to party with all you folks for the first time in a while. Come hang out with us and let’s make mistakes!”

Scott Lee, promoter for both the festival and the “Road To Metal Fest” tour adds, “I’m very proud of the line up for this tour and I feel very comfortable that this represents the festival at its core. I’m also excited to get the chance to extend this tour leading up to the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.” For more information on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, visit: www.metalandhardcorefestival.com

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE recently released their sophomore album, Ruining It For Everybody which debuted at #75 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts. Highlighting both chilling screams and soothing melodies from vocalist Krysta Cameron, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE has mastered the combination of heavy music and glitch electronics. As put by Crave Online, “Iwrestledabearonce have created a shimmering piece of artistic genius.” The music video for the track “You Know That Ain’t Them DogsReal Voices” can be seen here.

“Road To Metal Fest” Tour
4/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
4/17 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
4/18 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
4/20 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
4/21 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
4/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/24 – Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
4/25 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
4/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
4/27 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
4/29 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/01 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Cinnabar

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Iwrestledabearonce return to the road in late October for a month of tour dates as direct support for Of Mice And Men. Prior to the tour–which kicks off October 26 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and wraps November 29 at the Alter Bar in Pittsburgh--IWABO heads to Anchorage, Alaska for a pair of headlining shows on September 16 and 17.

The group’s new CD, Ruining It For Everybody, was released July 26 via Century Media Records. Critical praise for the disc continues to build, including Iann Robinson’s 9.5 (out of 10) star review for CraveOnline.com, which calls Ruining It For Everybody a “contender for Album of the Year.”

The review continues: “…Iwrestledabearonce have created a shimmering piece of artistic genius…Gloriously shining and seductive female vocals reach for the outer limits while screeching vocals of ugly defiance batter us back into reality. Beautiful piano and electronic sounds are kicked in the shins over and over by thick and brutal riffs…This isn’t just music, this is art, this is an impressionist painting mixed with a work by Dali that’s draped over the hand carved stone statue of a demon all backed by the sounds of angels singing…for those who burn every day with the desire to see heavy music take bold steps forward, I give you Iwrestledabearonce and their maddening genius bottled into a Molotov cocktail of audio complexity…”

Writing for Noisecreep.com, Amy Sciarretto concurs: “Thanks to IWABO’s unpredictable, refuse-to-adhere-to-any-genre-or-go-down-easy metallic bluster and electronic wizardry, you will feel like you stepped into a video game and a carnival house of horrors all in the space of a single song. Singer Krysta Cameron shrieks like she needs to be institutionalized, but also offers up an angelic, pretty vocal. She is not to be trusted; she will cozy up to you, only to boot you in the balls without any warning! That’s why we love her!”

Iwrestledabearonce–Krysta Cameron (vocals), Steven Bradley (guitar, keyboard, programming, samples), John Ganey (guitar, keyboard, programming, samples), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums)–recently concluded a month of North American dates on The All Stars Tour with Emmure, Alesana, Born Of Osiris, Bless The Fall, and others.

Current Iwrestledabearonce tour dates are as follows:
Date City Venue
9/16 Anchorage, AK Club Millennium
9/17 Anchorage, AK Chilkoot Charlie’s

As direct support for Of Mice And Men:
10/26 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/27 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theater
10/28 Pomona, CA The Glass House
10/29 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
10/30 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
11/1 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
11/2 Seattle, WA El Corazon
11/4 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
11/5 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
11/7 Austin, TX Emo’s East
11/8 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
11/9 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom
11/11 Pompano Beach, FL Rocketown
11/12 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
11/13 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
11/15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/16 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
11/17 Richmond, VA The Canal Club
11/18 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
11/19 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
11/20 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheels
11/22 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Down Under
11/23 Grand Rapids , MI The Intersection
11/25 Sauget, IL Pop’s
11/26 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
11/27 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
11/29 Pittsburgh, PA Alter Bar