Canadian 3 piece SPIRITBOX are one of this year’s hottest, break out bands, and their brilliant, brand new song “CircleWithMe” is out today, Friday April 30th, on RiseRecords.
The incredible growth with this band is laid out for all to see on this new single. Featuring the ethereal and otherworldly vocals of Courtney LaPlante, who can create and push a melody far beyond where we as the listener expect it to go. This unique and stunning vocal delivery mixed with sharp, precise and exciting production, as well as thick, catchy and savage riffs, make up the utterly unique SPIRITBOXcalling card.
The track is accompanied by a gorgeous music video directed by OrieMcGinness, that perfectly compliments the lyrical theme of the song with a constantly revolving shot around the band as they perform.
Speaking about the new track, CourtneyLaPlante explains – “Thissongwaswritteninthestudioasalastminuteaddition,oneofthemanyreasonswearesogratefultonolongerbeexclusivelyworkingremotely.ItcapturesthespectrumofemotionsI’vebeenfeelinglatelyaboutmymusic.FromtheanxietyIfeelaboutmessingup,toaconfidencemeanttoprotectmefromselfdoubt. Visually,wewantedtopresenttheviewerwiththeimageofusthatwemissthemost:usperformingonstage,withnothingtohidebehind:instruments,somelights,andbeautifulcameramovement.“
“Circle With Me” follows the band’s two break-out, hit singles released last year – the heartbreaking and otherworldly “Constance” and the unrelentingly catchy “Holy Roller“. Between them, they have clocked up a staggering 18 million streams to date, with “Holy Roller” debuting at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs and spending 7 weeks at #1 onSiriusXM Liquid Metal’s “Devil’s Dozen” with the remix version of the song feat. Ryo Kinoshita of Crystal Lake spending 5 weeks at #2. The band have (without an album) amassed over 66.6 million streams so far on all platforms.
SPIRITBOX recently finished work on their debut album which is slated for release later this year.
After confirming that the 2021 iteration of Download festival will not be taking place this year,the festival have revealed some more of the names who will be playing Donington Park in 2022.
Joining the already announced headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro will be…
Deftones Korn The Pretty Reckless Rise Against Black Label Society Theory Monster Truck Power Wolf Wayward Sons Those Damn Crows The Raven Age Megadeth Steel Panther The Distillers The Darkness Airbourne Daughtry Skillet Lacuna Coil Bush Of Mice & Men Wednesday 13 Ayron Jones Massive Wagons The Last Internationale Control The Storm The Ghost Inside Funeral For A Friend Descendents Boston Manor Sleep Token The Faim grandson Trash Boat Holding Absence Marianas Trench Wargasm Loathe Jamie Lenman The Hara Press Club Salem Cemetery Sun Blackout Problems Dead Posey Static Dress Electric Wizard Sepultura Blues Pills Dying Fetus British Lion Bleed From Within Twin Temple Bokassa Venom Prison Spiritbox Tempt Fire From The Gods A.A. Williams Higher Power Kill The Lights Dead Poet Society Joyous Wolf Modern Error Cellar Door Moon Crew Lotus Eater The Scratch Dead Label Phoxjaw JJ Wilde Anchor Lane Temples On Mars As Everything Unfolds Injester
There’s a new podcast on the horizon! Spiritbox vocalist Courney LaPlante has given us the Good For A Girl podcast!
It will see LaPlante joined by a variety of female and non-binary guests from all factions of the music industry as they discuss their personal experiences of gender inequality that influenced and shaped her them as they navigated their way along their respective career paths.
This is what she had to say about putting the podcast together.
“This is a place for us to let our guard down and relate to one another. There are just as many fascinating people behind the scenes as there are fascinating people under the spotlight, and learning from their experience and expertise can help the rest of us get closer to our own goals within this industry.”
A new episode will air every Wednesday at 5:00PM (UK time), and the first episode with guest Caity Babs of SiriusXM is now available to stream and listen to.
Canadian Progressive Metal outfit Spiritbox have once again displayed their phenomenal songwriting ingenuity with powerfully emotional new track “Constance”(out now via Rise Records). The release is inspired both lyrically and visually by devastating loss. Both Spiritbox frontwoman, Courtney LaPlante and the video’s director Dylan Hryciuk suffered the passing of their beloved grandmothers this year. With “Constance” they came together to pour their sorrow into creating something beautiful, raw and deeply personal. The track is a tribute to both Courtney’s grandmother, Phyllis and Dylan’s grandmother Constance, whom the song is named after.
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. Listen to “Constance” here and watch the heartbreaking music video below.
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 says:
“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.”
“Constance” is in stark contrast to the band’s previous single, the unrelentingly brutal “Holy Roller“. Released back in July of this year to huge acclaim from both fans and media, the track debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs and spent 7 weeks at #1 on SiriusXM Liquid Metal’s “Devil’s Dozen” with the recently released remix of the song feat. Ryo Kinoshita of Crystal Lake spending 5 weeks at #2. To date, the track hasclocked up an impressive 4 million global streams and has 1.2 million YouTube views. Watch the nightmarish music video for the track, inspired by the recent cinematic horror masterpiece, “Midsommar”here.
Hello there everybody! Welcome back to another weekly Friday post of ten of the best recently released music videos and sometimes a little information that comes with them! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music (videos)!
The first choice of the week in today’s countdown is the progressive metal trio Spiritbox who have their second single of the year in the form of ‘Holly Foller’. At the time of writing, it’s uncertain is the track will feature on a forthcoming EP or full length record.
Seconds up today are the Las Vegas trio Palaye Royale. Their recent record, ‘The Bastards’ dropped via Sumerian Records and their latest video for ‘Anxiety’ is off the aforementioned record.
Now if this is anything to go by, the lockdown is really getting to Luke Rainsford. With his latest EP, ‘World Of Colour’ fresh into the world via Scylla Records, the video for the choice of single is ‘Lack’.
Moving to the Scottish lands of Glasgow, the up and comers Layaway premiered a video over on Discovered Magazine last week. The video is from footage shot by the band at home and footage from the road as well as in the studio plus some of their fans footage as well! Check out ‘Until Then’, below.
Keeping with the Scottish bands for at least one more track, we have the Aberdeen quartet (in a break from the quintets today) Cold Years. Their video for ‘Too Far Gone’ is taken off their upcoming release, ‘Paraside’.
On the track, Ross Gordon, the band’s frontman says:
“‘Too Far Gone’ came from being in a pretty bad place, not knowing what the future was going to hold and being alone. I’d pushed partying too hard and I felt like I was just wasting my time. You get to that point where you just give up trying because everything falls to shit regardless. We come from a small town and I couldn’t stand to be in the same room as all the same people, I just wanted to be alone and didn’t want to talk to anyone.
I needed to release all those emotions from everything that had happened to me up until that point, I guess you have to write these kinds of songs, being in this band is a cathartic process for all of us. I’ve always felt like a lot of the songs on this record were about things that were gonna come in the future, this song was me looking deep into how I was feeling at the time and using it to escape.”
How about some Pirate Metal now? Some Scottish Pirate Metal? Now you’re interested!
The legends of the scene known as Alestorm have a new and crazy animated video for their one minute and a half track, ‘Shit Boat (No Fans)’.
The track is off their recently released record, ‘Curse Of The Crystal Coconut’.
On the track, the band have said:
“Oh wow, everyone knows that short songs are the best songs, so naturally we had to make a music video for the shortest song on our album. This animation was put together by the lovely people at RMIT University in Melbourne, and it features all the classic elements of an Alestorm video: Magical Girl transformations, giant Hungarian men dropping turds on your garden, rubber ducks, and crudely drawn cartoon penises. Enjoy!”
Heading to the Post- Hardcore genre now, we have the Californian Quintet, Thousand Below with not a recent video, but a video off their 2019 effort ‘Gone In Your Wake’. The track in question? ‘171 xo’.
Moving across to Australia for the ever growing Glass Ocean, the band have shared ‘Bolero’ which is off their soon to be release debut record, ‘The Remnants Of Losing Yourself In Someone Else’ set to be released in August with Wildthing Records.
Next, Co-directed remotely with Alan Del Rio Ortiz, ‘Every Tradition’ is Bully’s latest cut off the third full length record, ‘Sugaregg’ for release in August via Sub Pop.
On the release, Alica says:
“After we tested out this method (me shooting alone at my house and sending the footage to Alan to edit and put everything together) with ‘Where to Start’ I liked it so much I wanted to do it again and trusted Alan to turn my mess into a well put together music video. Surprisingly I was a lot more comfortable on my own as opposed to having a crew of people there like there has been for past music videos. I also have a newfound appreciation for any cinematographer because god damn it’s a lot of work.”
Of the song, she adds: “‘Every Tradition’ is one of the most literal songs on the record, forcing myself throughout the writing process to cut out the bullshit and put down on paper exactly what was going through my mind, silencing the paranoia of the different ways it could be received. Some songs just call for that sort of process and ‘Every Tradition’ was one of them.”
And lastly this week we have the growing talent, the badass hardcore hitters whom have a brand new record, ‘Transitional Forms which should take them to new heights and bigger touring houses when we’re out of lockdown, it’s only Pure Noise’s Sharptooth.
The video which they’ve released this week is ‘Evolution’ which also features the storming guest vocals from Anti-Flag’s Justin Sane.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. The first band on today’s roundup are the sharp dressed Sweedish rockers Royal Republic with ‘Like A Lover’.
On the track, the band explained how the video almost didn’t happen due to a technical issue.
“The video was shot in Berlin but the footage was almost completely lost due to a technical malfunction. However, through the miracle of technically skilled people (and money), we were able to salvage much of the footage. Thanks to the amazing dancers. Our friend and constant director Leo Åkesson and all the crew who worked tirelessly through the entire night to make this video happen. While the song is a little bit of a departure for us musically, somehow it always felt very natural to us. We hope it does for you too.”
Moving to some Welsh Hardcore for the next band, Brutality Will Prevail have released a video to accompany the band’s new single ‘Misery Sequence’ which is the title track from their upcoming sixth record.
The currently touring Yorkshire Post-Grungers Hands Off Gretel have a new video for us so if you’re seeing them soon, you’re in for a treat. Oh also, the video was directed by none other than the band’s frontwoman, Lauren Tate! Check out ‘Freaks Like Us’ below.
Heading straight over to the metalcore troupe Spritibox, the band have released ‘Bleach Bath’, the fifth and final cut to complete their very band new ‘Singles Collection’ EP.
The video sees vocalist Courtney LaPlante as different characters, struggling to sever ties with a sociopath.
“We have all had a toxic person enter our lives who bring out our weakness, our paranoia, and our low self-esteem. These people extract the worst in us, and we have to confront these facets of ourselves whether we want to or not.
“‘Bleach Bath’ is the final chapter from our collection of singles we started releasing towards the end of 2018. We saved this one for last for a reason: we believe it represents the balancing act we strive to perform between beautiful and hideous. Instrumentally there is an uncomfortable tension that builds throughout the song that we have enhanced with strange EVP noises building in the background.”
Heading straight to Atlanta for this next pick in this weeks list, we have the ex-issues vocalist Michael Bohn on drums as his latest project Wildheart has released a brand new track, ‘Seeing It Through’.
This is the third single by the band so far which follows on from ‘Lonely’ and ‘Animal’, which were both released earlier this year.
How about a cinematic story for the next video or the continuation of one? We have from the record ‘Attention Attention’ which is Shinedown’s latest full-length effort, the next track… ‘Monsters’.
How about a new band with an obscure name you’ve probably next heard of? Mannequin Pussy has a brand new video for ‘Cream’, a new track from their upcoming third record ‘Patience’. Spoiler alert, it’s wall to wall horror tropes.
Next up in what might be the most fun video of the year we have The Regrettes. They’ve had a pretty stellar year opening for Twenty One Pilots as well as announcing their new record where the first taste of the record in ‘I Dare You’ can be viewed below.
And I have two amazing bands for the last two videos now. Penultimately we have Sum 41. They’ve just wrapped up a short UK tour in support of their upcoming seventh record, ‘Order In Decline’ which will be released 19th July 2019 via Hopeless Records as well as releasing the latest and great cut from the said record in the form of ‘Never There’.
Lastly today, we have the incredible Set It Off. It’s a few months since the band hit up UK venues and it’s a few months until the band come back but now, the band have a fan favourite video for us all to enjoy until then in the form of ‘Hourglass’ and is the latest single off their record, ‘Midnight’.
And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.
Is it Friday already? That can only mean it’s 4PM! This it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or the roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I view some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. First up are the British collective known as Itoldyouiwouldeatyou as they debut a video for ‘Almost Zero’ which is apparently inspired by a short story written by senior Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov.
Next up, hailing from Findlay, Ohio are the ever fantastic September Stories who’ve been teasing music over the past few months and now they have something to put to all that teasing. Check out The Calm, The Storm below.
Next is a band whose name is a little questionable but we’ll go with it. They’re called High Reeper. The five-man band plays stoner-rock but sometimes these bands can be highly addictive. It’s fun and infectious and you can check out the video for ‘Bring The Dead’ below.
Moving onto some legends in the scene, AFI released a brand new EP in 2018, titled as ‘The Missing Man’. On that, was some of their best material they’ve produced and now, the band have recently released a video for ‘Get Dark’, which is reminiscent of a David Lynch film.
Now, the next video is from a mans name you could be familiar with. It’s none other than ‘Mat Kerekes, better known as the frontman of Citizen. He’s got a solo release, ‘Ruby’ out soon and now, he has a video to show us all for the track, ‘Diamonds’.
Moving over to British Columbia now, this is a band who’s been tipped to watch and they are the metal trio, Spiritbox. Their latest EP came in 2017 and this is their latest offering since said EP and that is the track, Belcarra. Check out the video below.
Shall we go animated for the next video? Our Last Night have recently announced their new record, ‘Let Light Overcome’ which is set to be released on March 8th. But until then, we have a great new video for ‘Demons’ which you can check out below.
The latest signing from Manchester is a band called Parting Gift. They’ve just recently signed with Fearless Records and bringing out a brand new EP, ‘Ensom’ which will be released at the end of March. On the track, ‘Pale’, frontman Zac Vernon has said: “Pale is the emptiness one cannot escape. It returns when the mind is idle. It seeks no endgame. It lives and breathes pain & it is the opposite of love. In Pale, the sacred grounds appear for the first time.”
With Holding Absence just about to head out to tour all over the place, you need to get hyped for it right? Well, they have a fantastic video for the powerful track, ‘You Are Everything’ and it just shows how great a show of theirs can be.
And we’ve come to the last track of this week’s Music Video countdown. Stand Atlantic released their latest record, ‘Skinny Dipping’ last year and it was one of the records of the year for me. On that record, they had plenty of anthems, bangers but one stood out from the rest as it was a real emotional track. That track is ‘Toothpick’ which just shows how great they are as a band.
And that’s it for another week of music video roundups. Be sure to check back next week for another ten of the best right here at Almost Anything Media.
Hello everybody! It’s that time of the week again, Friday. It’s every Friday I release a list of the ten best recent music videos from the Rock genre so I can give it to you, my followers and hopefully discover someone new! Kicking things off this week’s list is metal trio Spiritbox, who’ve returned with another fantastic single, ‘Electric Cross’.
Moving to someone I know you probably won’t have heard of is Yorkshire group Hands Off Gretel as they bring the S.A.S.S in their new music video where they take over a hotel room for themselves! I should mention it was directed and edited by their vocalist Lauren Tate as well!
Next up are some personal favourites of my own, Chapter And Verse. It’s a good release, following on from ‘A Devil In Blue’ and ‘Magazines’. but frontman Josh Carter has said the following on the track: ‘Ink’ is about feeling disillusioned with adulthood and the dangers that lie in obsessing over self-improvement. The song is unlike anything we’ve done before and we’ve been really embracing the evolution of what we do. Chapter And Verse have become a vessel for us to properly embrace life and for us, this song serves as a reminder that focusing only on how to be happy can actually give you the opposite outcome.”
And adding another British group to this week follow is the collective, itoldyouiwouldeatyou. They’ve just released something new in the form of ‘Young American’, the latest release from their debut record, ‘Oh Dearism’.
Fueled by Ramen artist Grandson has shared a new video for ‘6:00″, taken from his debut release, a modern tragedy vol.1. The video was released in conjunction with Campaign Zero, an Organisation dedicated to eradicating police violence in America.
Time for a return. this is in the form of slam metallers Arcania as they have reunited and released a brand new track, ‘Exterminate The Liberated’. It’s off their soon to be released EP, ‘Tyrannical Hierarchy: Vol.1.
Something new from some legends right now. We all need them and this is from the legendary group The Smashing Pumpkins. Things get a little freaky.
And we’re keeping going with some pretty good releases at the moment. The next video comes from the four-piece rock group, Dead Friends. Vocalist Austin Radford has shared:
“I think subconsciously people feel like we need our lives to be defined by something comprehensible – anything from political or religious affiliation to a job or a favourite sports team. ‘Torches’ is about clinging too closely to those life-defining elements, and the devastating realization that you’re not a complete person without them.”
And for the second to last video, something just a little more cinematic as we get toward the end of this weeks list. This can only be Underoath’s newest video for ‘ihateit’.
And this week I certainly have saved the best for last. Bullet For My Valentine recently dropped the video for ‘Not Dead Yet’ a video which was shot following Summersonic earlier this year in Japan.
And that’s it for another round of music videos this week. Be sure to check out next weeks post of the ten latest and greatest music videos of the week.
It’s time for another round of music videos! That’s ten of the best released in the last week and let’s get right into it with Australian up and comers Polaris with their new track, ‘Lucid’. This is coming off their debut record, ‘The Mortal Coil’ set to drop November 3rd via Sharpton records.
Next up is Californian Heavy Metalers Butcher Babies. They dropped their newest record, ‘Lilith’ the other week and now have released a very sensual video for the track, ‘Headspin’.
Next we’re turning to Pop-Punk newcomers and America’s favourite passtime in a battle of the genders for A Better Hand’s video. Here’s Rounding Up.
We’re going to turn up the creep factor for this video as Travis Barker of Blink 182 has teamed up with BYOS for a drum video which just oozes The Purge.
Now for a newer group which is the metal duo known as Spiritbox. This comes from their self-titled EP, ‘ and this video for The Mara Effect, Pt.3 hows how to use milk in a different way.
Next we go to a band that needs no introdution; Blood Youth. This video comprimises of live footage and shows how hectic their shows can get.
Coming to Scotland, this four piece band shows behind the scenes fun as well as their time on stage. This is their newest single, Bittersweet.
Now this isn’t a live video but the closest thing we’re getting for this amazing Neck Deep track. Sam Carter joined them for Radio 1 Rocks in their performance of Don’t Wait.
Now we’re taking things to Scotland and this video tops off one massive year for VUKOVI. They released a record, played Slam Dunk Festival and are currently supporting PVRIS on thei EU tour. Here’s And He Lost His Mind by Vukovi.
And lastly, we go to the giants that are All Time Low. This sums up how beautiful tracks can be and this is no difference, ladies and gentlemen the final video of this post, Good Times!
And that’s it for another week of posts. Don’t forget to check back next week for another ten of the best music videos in the last week