SPIRITBOX vocalist Courtney LaPlante assures fans that the band has no plans of slowing down
SPIRITBOX remains a true phenomenon in the world of heavy metal. Since the mid-pandemic release of their acclaimed 2021 album ‘Eternal Blue‘, the band has been a topic of much discussion and fascination. Achieving remarkable success, with chart appearances in the UK, US, and Canada Top 20, they are now experiencing the full spectrum of being in the spotlight.
In this year alone, SPIRITBOX has accomplished an awe-inspiring run of sold-out headlining shows across the UK and Europe, including two unforgettable performances at London’s Roundhouse. Prior to that, they completed a triumphant headlining tour in the US, graced major music festivals, and captivated audiences in Europe and Australia. Additionally, they had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned acts like GHOST, BRING ME THE HORIZON and and co-headlining alongside MOTIONLESS IN WHITE.
Courtney LaPlante, the band’s lead, recently reflected on the increasing attention they’ve garnered in a talk with NME, saying, “We’re getting used to [the attention]. I think that we just need to physically see this stuff. So walking out to the sold-out show two nights in a row, at the Roundhouse – I physically saw it with my own eyes.”
As for their musical output, SPIRITBOX has shown no signs of slowing down. Continuously releasing new music, they treated fans to the ‘Rotoscope‘ EP last year, and earlier this year, they unveiled the compelling single ‘The Void‘. Excitingly, there is more to come, as Courtney teasingly shared, “We have some new stuff on the horizon. I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised this year.” With such dedication and creativity, SPIRITBOX continues to cement their position as a rising force in the metal genre.
In the same interview, LaPlante touched on writing the new material and feeling more comfortable with her lyrics. She also discussed writing material to please herself above all.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable being a little bit more literal in songs. Hiding behind metaphors is safer, but it’s also a little pretentious, because you’re not really having to commit to what you’re saying. You’re just writing something and you’re not really worrying about, ‘Does it connect to verse one and the chorus and verse two? And is the full song something that you’re actually trying to say?’ I think I’m getting better at that. And then [guitarist Mike Stringer], he just gets better and better at writing songs. So I have a lot to live up to because he’ll present me with this song that I love.
“It’s funny because we’ve written new stuff – I already want to write new stuff and outdo that. And I want to challenge myself to do that. Ultimately, it’s all like, free therapy, writing…. I’m trying to keep it like that, not thinking about what our fans want to hear, or what you guys want to hear from us, just what comes out. My mindset is: ‘Does it make me feel happy to get this message out and feel good to sing? Awesome. Let’s cut it and put it on there.'”
The “Eternal Blue” tour 2023, which was produced by Live Nation, saw SPIRITBOX continuing to support their debut album, “Eternal Blue“, which arrived in September 2021 via Rise Records and Pale Chord.
The band also recently officially welcomed bassist/vocalist Josh Gilbert as a permanent member of SPIRITBOX. Gilbert split with AS I LAY DYING back in 2022 and soon after joined up with SPIRITBOX as a touring member.
Back in April, the band released a new press photo to social media which features Gilbert. Also, Courtney LaPlante confirmed to an online fan that Josh was now indeed a full member of the group.