Courtney LaPlante Reassures Fans That Spiritbox is Still Working on New Music
Back at the start of the month, Courtney LaPlante further confirmed that Spiritbox‘s white-hot run around the world wasn’t going to end any time soon with the advent of new music. Saying at the time that fans would be “pleasantly surprised this year,” it pretty much confirmed that the band is still eyeballing a 2023 release of some new tunes.
Well, during a recent interview with NME, it sounds like the plan to release their follow up to last year’s Rotoscope EP and their second full-length release since 2021’s Eternal Blue is still in the cards. And it sounds like the fact that they have a new album in the works means she’s already thinking about the release after that.
“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.’”
LaPlante also spoke of the band’s current writing process, having now written and released new material nearly every year since 2017 (they didn’t release anything in 2020).
One area, she said, was how she was now handling the band’s lyrics. Rather than being obtuse for no reason, she said she’s more open to “being a little bit more literal” in the words she chooses.
“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.”
Whenever Spiritbox eventually drops new music, it’s sure to cause a stir. They’ve only got a few months left in 2023 to stay within this apparent timeline, so once we know more, we’ll be sure to follow it up here.