Spiritbox are poised to become one of metal’s next big things – just like we said earlier this year. What’s amazing is just how fast the band is growing now – this summer’s “Holy Roller” single was a huge hit, even bringing a remix of the song that featured Crystal Lake vocalist Ryo Kinoshita.
The band’s new single, “Constance”, taps into a different set of emotions though. What’s impressive is just how effective Spiritbox displays emotion even in the face of losing a loved one, which is no doubt something everyone experiences in their lives. Fair warning, it might not be possible to NOT get choked up when hearing the song – or watching the emotionally effective new video.
Sonically, the track blends Courtney’s sublime vocals with a majestically progressive musical landscape, exhibiting yet another facet of the band’s impressively varied song book and further showcases why Spiritbox have become one of the hottest, fast-rising bands in heavy music.
Speaking about the new track and the deeply personal and devastatingly sad inspiration behind both the lyrics and the music video for “Constance”, Courtney LaPlante, frontwoman of Spiritbox had this to say:
“When ‘Holy Roller’ took off, we knew that we wanted to use the follow up single as a statement to show that we are not just going to put out the same thing over and over. We wrote the music for this song at the same time as ‘Blessed Be’ and ‘Rule Of Nines’, but I hadn’t ever committed to lyrics.
“I came to our director Dylan with a proposition: Let’s create the music video and the lyrical content of the song at the same time. We both felt compelled for the song and story to reflect the sorrow we both feel about our grandmothers passing away recently.
“Due to border shut downs, I was not able to say goodbye to my grandmother Phyllis, to whom the song is in tribute, or attend her funeral. I always promised her that I would sing at her memorial service, because she always requested a “pretty song with none of that scary screaming”. I hoped writing this song with no “scary screaming” in it would help me find a sense of closure.
“Dylan wrote his video concept to honour his grandmother, Constance to whom the video is in tribute. Our music videos usually have a horror element to them, and we wanted to explore a different side of horror: the horror of feeling like your mind is betraying you, due to a long battle with dementia. With Dylan’s permission, we named the song ‘Constance’ to immortalize her story.”