Led by former Iwrestledabearonce singer Courtney LaPlante and her husband, Mike Stringer, on guitar, Spiritbox (which also includes bassist Bill Crook) are hard at work on their debut LP, which is expected in 2021. In the meantime, the Vancouver Island, Canada-based trio have offered up a crushing stop-gap single, “Holy Roller.” The song arrives along with a stunning DIY video highly evocative of the arthouse horror-movie hit Midsommar. Watch and listen below.
“This song was never intended to be a single,” LaPlante commented of “Holy Roller.” “We wrote it in January to be an ‘angry’ pallet cleanser on an otherwise dark, moody atmospheric album. Our mission statement was: ‘Let’s make the most ridiculous song that we can.’ When we had the opportunity to tour Europe in March, we decided to put the unfinished song in our set, since we enjoyed it so much. Until our tour was cut short due to the pandemic, it was the highlight of each night.”
As for the music video, the band said, “Making a DIY music video is always a challenge, but creating one during a pandemic presented even more obstacles. We live on an island that was virtually shut down, and this forced us to be extra creative and resourceful. We borrowed a camera, made our own props, and Bill’s wife, Ashley, happens to be a professional makeup artist so she created Courtney’s looks for the video.
“We shot it over the course of two days, and aside from Courtney’s outfits getting lost in the mail, things went smoothly and we had a great time getting together to do this. It was our first time together since we flew home from our canceled tour!”