Canada-based progressive metal outfit Spiritbox presents a creepy Midsommar-inspired music video for brand new single “Holy Roller”. Watch it below.
The song is taken from Spiritbox’s upcoming debut full-length album, due out 2021. Vocalist Courtney LaPlante comments on the new track with a rather unusual vibe for the band: “This song was never intended to be a single. 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.”
The band was scheduled to record their record in April, but their plans were quickly ruined due to Covid-19 situation. “Once we realized being back in a studio and traveling across borders would not be a reality for the foreseeable future, we decided to get proactive and take matters into our own hands.” The song, as we hear it now, was recorded under difficult circumstances: “Once we figured out the best way to track with our producer Dan Braunstein over zoom, in real time using a direct audio feed, we quickly got to work with him, so we were able to recreate his in-studio quality to the best of our abilities, with him guiding us from his studio in LA. The finished product, “Holy Roller”, feels like roundhouse kick to the face.”
“Making a DIY music video is always a challenge, but creating one during a pandemic presented even more obstacles,” says the band on the video making during these challenging times for the music industry. “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! Even though things feel so bleak right now, we think a lot of musicians are taking charge of their own music and visuals, and not letting this pandemic get in the way of them expressing their creativity. This is the perfect time to try new things and experiment,” concludes the band. Watch the video below: