At the end of last year, Spiritbox released the gorgeously heavy 'Constance', a song that also serves as the closer of their upcoming debut album 'Eternal Blue'.
They have now released an acoustic version of the track, delivered by vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Michael Stringer, which shows how even more beautiful it is when you peel away the layers.
The track was originally recorded for The Grammy Museum's COLLECTION:live project with the help of a string trio. The result is a track that is all the more harrowing and haunting as well as show off the exceptional songwriting that is at the core of every Spiritbox track. It's also a measure for how far their creativity flows in terms of what to expect from them in the future.
Michael had this to say about putting the performance together:
"This live version of Constance was a very ambitious project for us. Before we left to start recording Eternal Blue, I had a rough demo of an acoustic version of Constance written. While we were tracking the album, the Grammy Museum asked us if we’d want to contribute to their “Collection:Live” series with a live acoustic/stringed composition of the song.
Of course this was a huge honour for us and something we couldn’t turn down, but it posed a challenge as we were recording in the middle of the desert, and I had never written a string composition before. After learning how to turn midi into notation, and some back and forth with our producer Dan Braunstein, and violinist Haruka Horii, we had a version we were confident in.
This was the first time we had ever performed this song live, and the addition of the strings by Haruka Horii, Bonnie Brooksbank, and Mark Bassett really brought this whole thing to life. Putting this together was a great experience, and I hope to explore more acoustic compositions in the future with Spiritbox."
Have a listen below:
Spiritbox are set to release 'Eternal Blue' on September 17 via Rise Records.