Singer is 'overwhelmed' by the response to a live recording of new song 'Find A Way.'
Evanescence singer Amy Lee has been keeping busy while her band battles its former label, Wind-Up Records, recording a score for the upcoming indie film "War Story."
As she told MTV News, the majority of that music is atmospheric, as she and composer Dave Eggar concentrated on building "walls of sounds ... blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers ... a lot of ominous tones." But the film does feature one brand-new song from her, an electronic track called "Push The Button," and it's not the only thing she's been working on in recent months.
As any Evanescence fan is surely aware of, at a Wellspring House benefit show late last year, Lee premiered a song called "Find a Way," and footage of the performance has been making the rounds on YouTube ever since.
Frontwoman talks to MTV News about her 'ominous' score for the indie film 'War Story.'
First things first: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee isn't talking about the band's lawsuit against their label, Wind-Up Records.
"I can't say a word, I'm sorry," she sighed. "It's really for the best right now."
What she is willing to speak about is the score — her first — she's just recorded with friend and composer Dave Eggar for the indie film "War Story," which will premiere later this month at Sundance. And what she has to say might not be music to the ears of Evanescence fans awaiting the follow-up to their 2011 self-titled album.
"It's going to surprise my fans. It's not what you'd expect; the film is very dark, very introspective. There's not even a lot of dialogue, which is great, because to me it makes this beautiful, sad platform for music," Lee said. "There's a lot of blending of sounds, a lot of ominous tones. I play a lot of keyboard, and a lot of Taurus pedal. There's a lot of low drones.
"There are moments of playing, and it's musical, but there are a lot of moments where Dave and I just built walls of sounds, out of blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers and harp, all on top of each other," she continued. "Sort of creating new sounds. It's not, like, a soundtrack. it's an atmosphere."
Evanescence may be mired in legalities with its former record company, but that's not keeping Amy Lee from plotting the group's fourth album.
Lee tells us that she's coming through leftovers from 2011's "Evanescence" as well as coming up with fresh material for the group.
"I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven't shared yet and I still believe in them, so...you may still get your chance to hear all that stuff...I really only get into that mode when I'm home and finally separated from the chaos of a public life."
"Evanescence" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 but sold considerably less than its two predecessors.
Lee recently filed suit against Wind-Up Records for $1.5 million in owed royalties, and the suit also alleges that the label undermined the success of the band's self-titled 2011 album by among other things employing deficient independent promoters to work the set.
Wind-Up recently sold Evanescence's back catalog and no longer lists the group as one of its active artists.
What’s happening guys and gals? Will Hunt here. I’m excited to be writing a blog for Modern Drummer, as I grew up with this magazine (my subscription was always a stocking stuffer for me when I was a kid), and have always been a fan.
I wanted to share a bit of what’s been happening with me as of late. 2010 found me recording We All Bleed with Crossfade and Order of the Black with my buds in Black Label Society. I also got the opportunity to tour with BLS for a bit before getting back in the studio with Evanescence in early 2011. Getting to play with your favorite guitar player does not suck!
2011 and 2013 were spent doing the Evanescence album and a very extensive world tour, which was awesome. Some highlights from those years include scoring the first number-one album of my career, playing in Norway at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, playing in crazy cool places like Beirut, Lebanon, selling out Wembley Arena in London, and spending a week in Morocco. (My wife was able to come on this excursion, which was really cool.)
I get asked a lot about the future of Evanescence, and here’s what I can tell you. I’d like to think we will get back together at some point and do another album and tour. I miss those guys and gal; they’re my friends, and we make great music together. Right now, I’m very much enjoying my time in Device. We are a band in the truest sense, and we will be doing another album and tour at some point—it’s not just a one-off. Will there be an Evanescence album and/or tour before that happens? I don’t know. I’m just taking it one day at a time.
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Want to know more about Evanescence's leading lady Amy Lee? Amy sat down to answer some of your questions and tell you more about her music. Read on to see what she has to say then check out the tour dates HERE to see when you can see Amy Lee in a town near you. Also, make sure to follow Amy on Twitter HERE.
1. Who do you consider to be your greatest musical influences?
Michael Jackson, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Mozart, Beethoven, Danny Elfman, Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, Janis Joplin, Alanis Morrisette, Radiohead, Garbage, Soundgarden, Massive Attack, Nirvana, Neil Young, Portishead, Tori Amos. I could keep going but I'll stop ;)
2. Why did you pick piano and how did you get started playing?
I saw the movie Amadeus when I was 8 or 9 years old and was completely enthralled. I knew I wanted desperately to make music, for a living, for life, for sure. I begged for piano lessons and took pride in being able to play more and more advanced pieces. It's funny, at first I was kind of frustrated and hard on myself because it wasn't sounding like it did in the movie- I wasn't a crazy genius who could just pick a whole song out by ear after hearing it only once and I don't have perfect pitch like Mozart- WTF! It actually takes WORK?? Haha. So I worked. It was worth it.
3. What's your latest art or fashion project?
I guess my latest art project is my new stage outfit that I designed for this tour. It's a skirt made of flags, representing all of the countries we've been so honored to play in the last year on tour. I was flying home from Europe a few months ago and thinking about how every night on stage in other countries, it's so emotional when we bring out the country's flag. It means so much to them and to us, that we've made it so far. So I thought, what if I could have ALL of the countries represented at once, and show them how much we appreciate and love them all on this last part of the tour? It's my way of showing my gratitude.
4. What are your must haves from home when you are out on the road?
Vicks Vapo-Rub, GLITTER, one perfect pair of all-purpose boots, throat coat tea bags, my lucky Michael Jackson T-shirt, and Beth Wilson!
5. What song do you wish you had written?
Without You' by Pete Ham and Tom Evans. Not only is it one of my favorite songs (especially the Mariah Carey version!), it's been covered by 180 artists and has touched an infinite number of people. Such soul.
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