With the immediate success of their first hit, Bring Me to Life, US band Evanescence was a household name in the 2000s.
The group has been laying low for a while, however. What have they been up to, you may wonder? Well, they've been touring Asia to promote their third album, playing at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and developing their newest hits. Staying true to their 'Evanescence' sound, they have worked with a few different people this time around. We caught up with them to chat more about their whirlwind schedule, as well as what they've been working on for this brand new album.
You're touring at the moment to promote your third album at the moment, how is the touring going?
It’s been really good! We’ve been to really cool new places, Singapore, HK and Manila – all through South East Asia. Going back to places we remember is really cool as well, because we know them so well. We’ve enjoyed it so much.
Any best bits so far?
The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I know I’m going to be thinking about this for years to come. It wasn’t like our normal shows – we just played 2 songs, but it was such unique, diverse group of artists playing. It was crazy playing to tuxedos and stuff - but everyone was so sincere and really passionate, it was just amazing.
How about low lights?
Getting sick on tour is the worst – lots of climate change and flying – it’s just hard on your body traveling all the time.
What can fans expect from the new album, compared to your big hits and Grammy winning tracks?
We’ve grown a lot over time – our music has become more diverse, and it shows the different sides of me. More sides than some of my first tracks like Bring me to Life, but at the same time it’s the same band, the same passion. If you hear the new album compared to the last it’s definitely the same band, but we’ve changed as well. When you feel different, you play different
Can you tell me about its production and development – what were the background themes and inspiration?
I started writing aimlessly – I didn’t know if it would be Evanescence album or something different. I like to write without a plan – but then after a while I knew it would be Evanescence - it just came back to the same feeling in the end. After a few years of experimenting we all ended up collaborating on some really cool and amazing tracks. We just concentrated on jamming and making songs, with everyone putting their ideas in – and when I listen to the record I can hear that.
In 2003 you described the group as "epic, dramatic, dark rock" - would you say you're still moving in this direction?
All those words still apply, but you’re going to get some variety with all the songs, not all will be epic – you need some dynamic contrast and change, so you can feel the change in the ‘dramatincness’ of the record.
If I was going to sum it up today, it would be more reality, back then I was describing something a little more fantastic in my music.
Obviously the group has changed a bit - has the dynamic changed, and how do you keep to the much loved 'Evanescence' sound?
It is my sound, and it has changed - but it stays true. I think naturally I have a lot of the same sounds coming out of me that I’ve always loved, and I make the same sounds. In the end it’s not intentional to change members, but I love that I’ve gotten to work with a lot of different guys – it’s opened my eyes in different ways and allowed me to experience a whole new way of making music.
Which means people should definitely check out the new album for a fresh but true take on the much loved Evanescence sound!
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