Spiritbox’s Courtney LaPlante criticizes metal’s obsession with sub-genres

Author Flavia Andrade - 6.7.2023

In a recent interview with Kerrang!, Spiritbox’s vocalist Courtney LaPlante expressed her desire to continue to be creatively adventurous with the band’s sound, and still keep fans guessing.

In her words:

I feel like our sub-genre of metal is so obsessed with the idea that any song you hear from a band is a mission statement, as in, ‘This is now what this band sounds like.’ Maybe it’s like this in every genre and I just don’t see it as much, but when Doja Cat puts a song out, and she’s singing, [the fans] don’t go, ‘She’s never going to rap again!’

We always have to tell people that when you hear a song, that doesn’t mean it was created in a linear vacuum, where a band made a song and then they put out only that song. You might hear a song that was written two years after the next song you hear. You don’t know when they came into existence.

The messaging is always funny there, and I feel like bands never message that right either. Every time they put out boring music, they’re like, ‘Oh, we’ve matured.’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m not mature or grown-up, I just wrote a song that’s more radio-friendly. I also wrote an ass-beater song – you just haven’t heard it yet!