Camden Roundhouse, London

Friday 14th July 2023

Photography by Doug Elliot

Josephine Best

Photographer and music journalist based in South West London. Coffee, wine and music enthusiast.

For those seeking an electrifying live experience that pushes the boundaries of heavy music, Spiritbox is undoubtedly a band to watch

Spiritbox’s electrifying performance at Camden Roundhouse not only showcased the band’s remarkable talent but also underscored the significant impact of female fronted bands in the music industry. Leading the charge was the incredible Courtney LaPlante, whose commanding presence and exceptional vocal abilities shattered stereotypes and set a new standard for women in the genre.

Courtney stands as a true icon, representing a wave of powerful and talented female artists who have emerged to claim their rightful place in heavier music. Her undeniable talent, combined with her fierce stage presence, exemplifies the growing influence of women in a traditionally male-dominated genre.

Photography by Ed Mason

As Spiritbox took the stage, Courtney immediately captivated the audience with her awe-inspiring vocal range and magnetic charisma. Her ability to effortlessly transition from ethereal cleans to guttural screams left no doubt about her mastery of both melodic and aggressive styles. With each word, she commanded the attention of the crowd.

Courtney’s impact, however, extends greater beyond her vocal abilities. Her unwavering confidence and authenticity sets an example for aspiring musicians. Her dedication to her craft and willingness to push boundaries have undoubtedly inspired countless young female artists to pursue their dreams in the heavy music scene.

Photography by Phoebe Fox

The rise of female fronted bands like Spiritbox is a much-needed breath of fresh air in a genre that has often marginalised women.

The setlist was carefully curated, featuring a mix of fan favorites and new material. Songs like ‘Holy Roller‘ and ‘Circle With Me‘ elicited fervent sing-alongs from the crowd, highlighting the band’s ability to connect with their dedicated fanbase.

A particular highlight of their London shows was Sam Carter of Architects joining Spiritbox onstage for their song ‘Yellowjacket‘; it was a clear crowd pleaser for all. Spiritbox’s performance of new tracks hinted at their evolution as musicians, promising an exciting future for their music.

Photography by Doug Elliot

The visual production elevated the overall experience, with an impressive light show and captivating stage design that enhanced the band’s performance. The synergy between the music and the visual elements intensified the emotional impact of each song, creating an immersive atmosphere that left a lasting impression on everyone present.

The chemistry among the band members was palpable throughout the performance. Guitarist Mike Stringer’s intricate guitar work and impressive technical skills were a standout, delivering blistering solos and bone-crushing riffs that sent shockwaves through the venue. Drummer Zev Rose’s thunderous beats and precision kept the momentum high, while bassist Bill Crook’s solid foundation provided a powerful backbone to the band’s sound.

Photography by Phoebe Fox

Spiritbox’s performance at Camden Roundhouse was a testament to not only the growing recognition of female-fronted bands and the vital role they play in shaping the future of heavy music but also, the entire bands status as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the metalcore genre.

LaPlante’s talent, confidence, and unwavering dedication serve as a rallying cry for women across the genre, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. As the heavy music scene continues to evolve, artists like Courtney LaPlante pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse future, where talent and passion reign supreme, regardless of gender.

For those seeking an electrifying live experience that pushes the boundaries of heavy music, Spiritbox is undoubtedly a band to watch. Their ability to captivate and inspire makes them a force to be reckoned with, and their performance at Camden Roundhouse will surely be remembered as a milestone in their ever-growing career.