Forget Cassettes was formed in May 2002, when Cameron joined forces with drummer Doni Schroeder (who also plays keyboards). Forget Cassettes was not Cameron's first musical experience with Schroeder; they had spent two years playing together in a predominantly female, Nashville-based group called Fair Verona, who were originally known as Calypso and should not be confused with an all-female Dublin, Ireland-based trio of the same name (Ireland's Fair Verona was originally known as Femme Fatale and was still together in early 2007, whereas Nashville's Fair Verona broke up in 2001 -- and it should be noted that another one of Cameron's bandmates in Nashville's Fair Verona was singer/guitarist Shawna Potter, who went on to join the Baltimore-based alterna-rock combo Avec
in 2003). As a duo, Cameron and Schroeder recorded Forget Cassettes' debut album, Instruments of Action, in 2002; the disc was released by the independent, Nashville-based Theory 8 label in 2003.
When Schroeder left Forget Cassettes in late 2004 to tour with an Austin, TX-based alternative rock band called ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
, Cameron decided to take a break from music for a few months. Some fans feared that Forget Cassettes would be discontinued permanently and go down in history as a one-album wonder, but in 2005 Cameron put together a new Forget Cassettes lineup and made the group a trio, recruiting drummer Aaron Ford (who was also an ex-member of Nashville's Fair Verona and had played with a band called the Sincerity Guild) and multi-instrumentalist Jay Leo Phillips (who had been with the band Apollo Up!
and plays bass, drums, and guitar). Because Forget Cassettes were a half-male, half-female duo in 2002, 2003, and 2004, some people compared them to the White Stripes
, but those White Stripes
comparisons went away when Forget Cassettes became a trio.
Salt, Forget Cassettes' second album, was released by Theory 8 in 2006. After that, Schroeder rejoined Forget Cassettes on some gigs, making them a quartet at times -- and when Phillips and Ford were busy with other musical activities, Forget Cassettes reverted to the original Cameron/Schroeder lineup. But whatever the lineup, Cameron has always been the constant in Forget Cassettes; she is the person who has done the most to shape and define the group's sound. In 2007, Forget Cassettes landed a European distribution deal with the London-based One Little Indian Records/Tangled Up Recordings. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi