While this year has been turbulent, there’s no denying that we’ve gotten some great music out of it. Some bands are really coming into their own and making their voice heard, being a shining light in one of the worst years we can recall. I’m beyond glad to see these bands get the spotlight, as the effort exuded matches some undeniable talent. Take a gander at the bands that are ruling 2020.
In case you weren’t aware, we’re huge fans of what eclectic metal band Spiritbox are doing right now. Filled with names you know (specifically vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Michael Stringer, as well as Bill Crook who’s a part of pop-punk band Living With Lions) and a sound you might be familiar with, you might not be quite prepared for the shifting changes in the band’s sound from song to song. And that’s just fine with Spiritbox, honestly. Blurring the lines between technical metal and a progressive mindset, Spiritbox is certainly a band to pay attention to.
Having just an EP and a handful of singles to their name, you could be forgiven for not knowing metal newcomers Spiritbox. Of course, the band, who consist of ex-members of iwrestledabearonce (specifically, vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Michael Stringer), dabble in progressive and technical metal. One word to describe them more accurately might well be unpredictable, as songs like “Electric Cross” and “Rule Of Nines” show off the band’s ability to shift gears on a dime. While comparisons to like-minded acts like Jinjer and Tesseract might not be too far off, it’s clear that the members of Spiritbox are their own unique entity.
Following up the success of previous new single “Perennial”, which has racked up over 40,000 Spotify streams in just a short time, Spiritbox have released a music video for their new single titled “Electric Cross”. It’s the band’s 2nd single to be released this year.
Vocalist Courtney LaPlante gave her thoughts on the new single, saying: “This song makes me so uncomfortable because it’s about everything I do not want to acknowledge. Feeling like I have no autonomy over my own body. How much anger I have towards those who have wronged me, and the environment that allows bad things to happen. Knowing that something that feels so isolating is such a universal feeling.”
Stream and watch “Electric Cross” below.