The brainchild of Courtney LaPlante and Michael Stringer (both ex-iwrestledabearonce), Spiritbox seem to be hitting the ground running, and we have before us ‘The Singles Collection’, a collection of their singles since last year’s self-titled EP.
Opener ‘Perennial’ shows us that LaPlante has a strong ear for melody, as we can expect, and there’s also technically sound guitar chops from Stringer. Written about a close friend who has ongoing battles with their health, it’s a serious affair, and the more spider-y guitar riffs combined with a harsher vocal delivery from LaPlante keeps things intense.
‘Electric Cross’ helps to bring a little more atmosphere to things. The very active bass line from Bill Crook helps to add a lot of flavour to things as well, and not for the first time.
The multi-layered vocal effects are on display a number of times across this EP, notably in ‘Trust Fall’, and this probably has the most memorable vocal hook on here too. The strong groove is maintained throughout, and also helps to keep us in our seats.
If you fancy something a little heavier, ‘Belcarra’ will certainly scratch that itch, with low-end riffing and a shouted vocal delivery largely carrying this song. LaPlante still manages to fit in some stellar clean vocals in the middle, showcasing that when the lighter sections peak, there’s an almost ethereal quality to them at times.
The songs on here are very well-crafted indeed, with moments of promise frequently appearing, such as in the excellently-titled ‘Bleach Bath’, which again brings some strong vocal hooks, though there are times where you’d hope they’d explore a little further outside of their metalcore leanings.
There’s still some life left in the stylings on this record, though, and Spiritbox no doubt have the talent and experience to deliver on the promise of this brief compilation in the future.