Spiritbox’s Courtney LaPlante Says The Recording Process For “Eternal Blue” Was “Physically And Mentally Exhausting”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Spritbox’s Courtney LaPlante opened up about the making of the band’s debut album “Eternal Blue.” The singer says the recording process was “physically and mentally exhausting” and that she even suffered a “mental breakdown.”

LaPlante said the following:

“Every day I would wake up and be more and more tired. It’s like acting. Someone has to hear your emotion in their ears, so you have to get into the mentality of whoever the narrator is singing the song. The narrator is usually myself, but at different points in my life. It was a safe environment though; I was with [producer] Dan [Braunstein], [bassist] Bill [Crook] and [guitarist] Michael [Stringer], and they are people who love me, and were there to protect me if things got too weird.”

She went on to say that it was especially challenging to record “Circle With Me”:

“I went to record it and I had no confidence. I sounded so bad, and the guys had to pause my recording session. I had a frickin’ mental breakdown. The guys were like, ‘It’s OK Courtney, we can do this again tomorrow’, and I went into a closet in my room and cried and cried. The next day, magic happened. If I hadn’t had that breakdown the night before I wouldn’t have been able to perform the song like I did the next day.”

LaPlante also added the following about the band’s quick rise to fame:

“I feel like people are going to have expectations of perfection from us, and I want to live up to those expectations. I’m not scared of them. They just make me even more inspired.”

Spiritbox’s “Eternal Blue” Debuts At #13 On The Billboard 200

Spiritbox‘s “Eternal Blue” has officially debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band earned the ranking after moving 23,000 units, including 19,000 from pure album sales. On top of this, the record also hit No. 19 on the Top Albums chart in the UK, No. 17 on the Album Top 100 in Germany, and No. 8 on the Top Albums chart in Australia.

Spiritbox Premiere “Hurt You” Music Video

Spiritbox have premiered a new video for their new song “Hurt You.” This track is from the band’s new album “Eternal Blue,” which will be released on September 17. Guitarist Mike Stringer commented:

“‘Hurt You’ is a song that was written before the pandemic, in early 2020 during a snowstorm. We were stuck inside, and couldn’t go anywhere, so this song flowed out of myself, Courtney and our producer, Dan, pretty quick. The subject matter of the song explores toxic codependency, and the feeling of knowing that something is doomed to fail, but making the choice to go down with the ship. The video, directed by Dylan Hryciuk, is horror-inspired, and depicts love in four different acts. It’s the first video we’ve made where we do not make an appearance, and allow the story to be the main focus.”

[via Revolver]

Underoath Announce North American Tour With Every Time I Die & Spiritbox

Underoath have announced a 2022 North American tour with Every Time I Die and Spiritbox. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Voyeurist” (out January 14).

Tour Dates:

02/18 Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
02/19 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
02/20 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
02/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
02/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
02/25 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
02/26 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
02/28 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
03/01 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
03/02 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/05 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre
03/07 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
03/08 Chicago, IL – Radius
03/09 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
03/11 Toronto, ON – History
03/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora
03/13 Wallingford, CT – The Dome
03/14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
03/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
03/17 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
03/18 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
03/19 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
03/20 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/22 Cincinnati, OH – ICON
03/23 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
03/25 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain commented:

“There was a time during the pandemic where I didn’t know if we’d ever get to tour again. I would sit up at night and try to wrap my brain around a world without live music and I just couldn’t ever digest that thought. That being said we couldn’t think of a better way to come back on the tour than with our friends Every Time I Die and Spiritbox. Our thought is if we are gonna do this, let’s DO IT! We wanted to put together the best/craziest lineup we could think of so we could all let loose in a live setting together again. We want this show to be fun for everyone attending from start to finish, so here we go.”

Shinedown’s Brent Smith & We Came As Romans Help Out Spiritbox Following Limp Bizkit’s Tour Cancellation

Spiritbox were opening for Limp Bizkit on their summer tour, but after the trek got cancelled, it left the band with some financial problems. However, some of their peers have stepped forward to help them out including Shinedown’s Brent Smith and We Came As Romans.

Spiritbox said the following about that on Twitter:

“Can we talk about what an amazing person @TheBrentSmith from @Shinedown is? He just gifted us $10,000 towards our losses since our tour was recently cancelled. This is such an amazing and kind gesture, seriously thank you!

We also want to thank @wecameasromans who we rented the majority of our light package from, they decided to waive the invoice and help soften our losses. It has been an emotional past few days but things like this have restored our faith in humanity.

We have never met @TheBrentSmith and we barely know the guys in @wecameasromans . These people were not helping out a friend in need, they are just truly selfless people who wanted to do something kind for another band. We hope to conduct ourselves like them someday.”

Limp Bizkit Cancel Remaining Dates On U.S. Tour With Spiritbox

Limp Bizkit have cancelled the remaining dates on their U.S. tour with Spiritbox. The band issued the below statement, which was shared by Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY:

“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the band, crew and most of all the fans, the Limp Bizkit show this Monday and the remaining August tour is being cancelled. Refunds are available at their points of purchase. All tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded.”

Spiritbox Release Acoustic Version Of “Constance”

Spiritbox have released an acoustic version of their song “Constance.” This take on the track was recorded in a church with a string trio as part of the Grammy Museum’s “Spotlight Saturdays” series.

Mike Stringer commented:

“This live version of ‘Constance’ was a very ambitious project for us. Before we left to start recording ‘Eternal Blue,’ I had a rough demo of an acoustic version of Constance written. While we were tracking the album, the Grammy Museum asked us if we’d want to contribute to their “Collection:Live” series with a live acoustic/stringed composition of the song. Of course this was a huge honor for us and something we couldn’t turn down, but it posed a challenge as we were recording in the middle of the desert, and I had never written a string composition before. After learning how to turn midi into notation, and some back and forth with our producer Dan Braunstein, and violinist Haruka Horii, we had a version we were confident in. This was the first time we had ever performed this song live, and the addition of the strings by Haruka Horii, Bonnie Brooksbank, and Mark Bassett really brought this whole thing to life. Putting this together was a great experience, and I hope to explore more acoustic compositions in the future with Spiritbox.”

With this news, the band have also launched pre-orders for a limited edition “Constance” 7″ butterfly picture disc. You can get that HERE. As previously reported, Spiritbox’s new album “Eternal Blue” will be released on September 17.

Limp Bizkit Announce U.S. Tour With Spiritbox

Limp Bizkit have announced a U.S. tour with Spiritbox. Here’s the dates:

07/29 Chicago, IL – Metro
08/02 Clive, IA – Horizon Event Center
08/05 Wallingford, CT – The Dome at Oakdale
08/06 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
08/09 Buffalo, NY – Rapids Theatre
08/12 Gilford, NG – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
08/13 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
08/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
08/16 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
08/19 Lincoln, NE – Centennial Mall & Street
08/21 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
08/24 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

Spiritbox Premiere “Secret Garden” Video

Spiritbox have premiered a new video for their recently released song “Secret Garden.” That track is from the band’s new album “Eternal Blue,” which will be released on September 17. Courtney LaPlante commented:

“I think this is the most scared I’ve been to put out a song, because I realize as we continue to release music in single format, listeners can start to assume what kind of band we are, and are alarmed when we do not meet those assumptions. I want to continue to showcase the fluidity that is inherent in heavy music, and even though this is just one part of a full body of work that may not sound exactly like this song, it is a song that we love and are obsessed with. I celebrate variation. ‘Secret Garden‘ is exciting to me, for this reason. I’m scared but excited, like I’m about to hit the big drop on a roller coaster, and I’m fully embracing that.”

Spiritbox Premiere New Song “Secret Garden”, Reveal Details For New Album “Eternal Blue”

Spiritbox have premiered a new song titled “Secret Garden.” This track is from the band’s new album “Eternal Blue,” which will be released on September 17.

Courtney LaPlante said the following about the new song:

“I think this is the most scared I’ve been to put out a song, because I realize as we continue to release music in single format, listeners can start to assume what kind of band we are, and are alarmed when we do not meet those assumptions. I want to continue to showcase the fluidity that is inherent in heavy music, and even though this is just one part of a full body of work that may not sound exactly like this song, it is a song that we love and are obsessed with. I celebrate variation. ‘Secret Garden‘ is exciting to me, for this reason. I’m scared but excited, like I’m about to hit the big drop on a roller coaster, and I’m fully embracing that.”

She also added the following about the new album:

“We are very anxious to release our album, it is a body of work we have been accumulating for over two years. Having the recording process put on hold for so long due to the pandemic has made me see that I can never take the experience of tracking an album for granted ever again.

I must say that although we never intended to wait so long to do this record, I think it did help the songs become stronger. I am so happy with every single song, I wish I could release each one as a single with a music video. They all reflect different moments and influences in our lives.

We have had enough time to release the exact music we would like to put out into the world, with no need to compromise. Every single note and every single syllable is the music that we have always dreamed of making and we are very proud of it.”

“Eternal Blue” Track Listing:

01. “Sun Killer”
02. “Hurt You”
03. “Yellowjacket” (feat. Sam Carter of Architects)
04. “The Summit”
05. “Secret Garden”
06. “Silk In The Strings”
07. “Holy Roller”
08. “Eternal Blue”
09. “We Live In A Strange World”
10. “Halcyon”
11. “Circle With Me”
12. “Constance”

Tour Dates:

08/28 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
08/29 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival, UK
09/09 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, VA
09/25 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival,
10/26-29 Coheed & Cambria‘s ‘S.S. Neverender Cruise‘
11/11 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville Festival