The release is inspired both lyrically and visually by a 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 another facet of the band’s varied songbook and further showcases why Spiritbox have become one of the hottest, fast-rising bands in heavy music.
Listen/Watch to “Constance” below.
Speaking about the new track and the personal, sad inspiration behind the lyrics and the music video for “Constance”, Courtney LaPlante, frontwoman of Spiritbox explains,
“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 shutdowns, 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.”
We spoke to Courtney earlier this year about the bands’ plans for their highly anticipated debut album. Get the full feature interview here.