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The Canadian metallers—comprised of husband and wife duo, singer Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Mike Stringer, as well as bassist Bill Crook—have gone from strength to strength in the lockdown era and amassed a massive fan base despite an almost total lack of gigs. Now, they’ve released their debut LP, Eternal Blue- a faultless piece of work that will no doubt top many AOTY charts. Before its official release, we caught up with LaPlante.
Hysteria: Eternal Blue, a massive milestone for the band! How are you feeling about getting it out to the world?
Courtney: So much endless relief. I hated sitting on it for so long; it really felt “eternal” since we were stuck in limbo trying to record during the pandemic.
Can you share some of the lyrical inspiration behind the wider record?
I just write what comes to me, and it often takes me a long time to really even know what I am writing about. I just write whatever imagery pops into my head upon hearing Michael’s instrumentals. It’s almost like subliminal messaging I’ve written to myself, I guess.
On that note, we love how multi-dimensional the record is sound-wise. How did you decide what kind of sounds you wanted to dig into?
At the time of writing in 2019, we were very heavily influenced by bands like Tears For Fears and Depeche Mode, pop structures with a very dark vibe, and it really immersed itself into our writing.
We have something that money can’t ever buy: amazing supporters.
[ Courtney LaPlante ]
Having been in different bands in the past, how are you finding the Spiritbox experience differs?
It’s made me realise what it’s like to be in a band that people give a fuck about and makes me feel responsible to do my best because of all the immense time and effort our listeners have invested into us. We will never ever take it for granted, and we don’t want to let them down. They have carved out this path for us!
We also realised how much we settled in our old bands, professionally and creatively, and we have learned life is too short to do that. We have something that money can’t ever buy: amazing supporters.
Let’s talk about your podcast Good For a Girl. Why has it been so important for you to share those experiences?
I just like to chat with other women about stuff we all wish people asked us about in interviews. Kind of like that saying, “answer the question you wish you would have been asked.” There are so many women who work behind the scenes, and I think it is beneficial for us to hear from them as well!
We believe you’ve seen the video of Harper, the young girl screaming along to Holy Roller. How did that make you feel?
I love Harper, and I can’t wait to meet her someday. It is very moving to me, and even putting aside the fact that it is so special to me that she would take the time and feel confident to perform a song like that, she is also simply talented, and I enjoy watching talented people in their element!
What are you hoping Spiritbox does next?
I want to perform our music for all the people who have supported us and helped us along the way!