“I want people to hear my take on the band:” Courtney LaPlante on Iwrestledabearonce’s new album
Tomorrow, August 6, the third studio album Late For Nothing from the metal powerhouse group Iwrestledabearonce will be released. After their 2012 Warped Tour experience took an unexpected turn for the confusing when lead singer Krysta Cameron dropped off on a day’s notice, friend and fan COURTNEY LAPLANTE permanently took her place the next day. It's apparent IWABO are growing up and finding their own sound these days. We spoke to LaPlante about the new record, her permanent position as the band’s frontwoman and the future.
There’s a lot of buzz about Late For Nothing and it’s very different than your past albums. What are you most excited about for the record?
I’m so excited for people to hear it because I’ve been singing someone else’s songs for a year, and I want people to hear my take on the band. The band itself has changed, regardless if I were [in it] or not. I just want everyone to hear it so people that talk shit about it will shut up and hopefully we’ll gain some new fans, as well.
I know you were in Unicron at the time, but after Krysta left, how did you become the lead singer? Was IWABO something you had been thinking about or when they called you did you just say, “This is what I want to do.”?
We did a press release last year and in the press release it says, “Our friend Courtney came to help us.” People figured we were friends or something, but I had never spoken to or met them. They just had heard of my band, and there are similarities [between Unicron and IWABO] and just because I’m a girl, their friends would show them my band Unicron and say, “Hey, check this out. It sounds like you guys.” Then, when Krysta quit with literally no notice—she just didn’t show up to a show—the Warped Tour rep said, “Hey, what about that chick from Unicron?” They called me and I was like, “Okay! I’ll do it.” I flew out the next day. It was going to be a temporary thing; they weren’t trying to get me to join the band. They knew that I had a life in Canada and stuff, but after about three days, it just clicked that we were meant to make music together [Laughs.]
It was a pretty easy transition then.
Yeah, it’s so strange to think about it. There was never really, like, a weird period of [whether or not] this is right or not. We just kind of did [the] first show, and they were all very supportive of me because they obviously knew I was petrified and scared. After that, we immediately started talking about the whole tour and it happened.
Where did you learn to scream?
I learned to scream when I was in Unicron with my little brother. We started out with a Rage Against The Machine-type [sound], and we kind of sounded like Audioslave. Kind of like, "Oooh, yeah!" Then, my brother started getting into heavier music. That kind of [played a role] in our music because we started listening to Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me and even System Of A Down. [Music] that's more of a transition band; bands with singing and screaming. There were a few really metal parts that he put in our songs and I said, "What should I do over this?" and he said, "Why don't you do the screaming thing?" I said, "Okay, I guess so." Unfortunately, those sounds are now immortalized on our record: You can hear my first scream on it. It's so bad. Over time I got better and better, I wasn't scared to do it. Today, I think I sound good live and good on record. It definitely took a long time.
Everything I’ve heard off Late For Nothing is really technical sounding and super-heavy. How has the reception been so far?
I feel like the songs are really fun live. They’re fun to dance around to, and there’s a little more predictability in the sense that there needs to be a chorus that repeats, which I guess with our band is kind of unpredictable. We don’t usually have something like that. I think [the songs] have been received very well and lots of really positive feedback. There’s always, of course, negative feedback. But, we’ve all been really overwhelmed at how positive the feedback has been. The [fans have been] very open. Even if there is criticism, it’s constructive; people are open to it. >>>