Despite the meaning behind their name, Evanescence will not be disappearing anytime soon. In fact, the band is gearing up to make their comeback to the world of rock this fall, and vocalist Amy Lee recently shared some information about their new album with SPIN:
“The record is fun — and that’s a totally new thing for us. When I listen to our old music I see that’s where I was in my life at that time. This has been a long trip and parts have been hard. But it’s about not taking everything so seriously this time.”
Evanescence hasn’t released any new material since unleashing the multi-platinum selling album “The Open Door” back in 2006. After wrapping up their tour in 2007, the band took a break and later went back into the studio in 2010 to begin recording for the third album with Steve Lillywhite. Unfortunately production was halted due to the fact that the creativity wasn’t popping.
“It wasn’t coming together right,” Lee says. “Steve wasn’t the right fit. We were on this experimental trip, trying a bunch of new things, seeing what would fit. I did a lot of the writing without the band. And then when we tried to pull the two worlds together, it wasn’t working.”
After stopping the recording sessions, the fate of Evanescence was left up in the air. It was uncertain as to whether or not the band would ever return.
Lee says she “didn’t know what was going to happen, if we were going to be making a record again.”
It seems this band is constantly surrounded by drama no matter what they do. Since their debut, Evanescence has had member changes (which is understandable for rock bands) and negative comments thrown at them by disgruntled fans. However, no one can dismiss their unique talent and out-of-this world form of music, therefore the love provided by their fans have remained unfailing and it’s their support that motivates Evanescence.
After a much needed re-intervention the members came together and allowed their creativity to flow. As a result, the band has recorded a total of 19 songs, with Amy Lee writing most of the material on harp.
“Writing with the band and working with a heavy rock producer has made it more of a rock record,” she says. “It’s Evanescence, but with all these new sounds,” including synths and vintage keyboards like the Moog Taurus Pedal. “I get inspired by nature,” says Lee. “The ocean’s been a theme. Brokenness has become a little bit of theme, without necessarily offering a solution.”
Evanescence has been my favorite rock band since I heard “Bring Me To Life.” There’s something about their music that stirs up an addiction within and demands your attention. I’m definitely anticipating their third album, so keep checking with EY for updates on this amazing band’s return to the industry.
Source: SPIN Interview with Amy Lee