Evanescence is adding a different twist to their usual dark and gloomy goth rock style, and instead opting for a fresh electro-pop approach.
Amy Lee has dropped names of bands who have influenced her latest style, such as: Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Portishead, CSS, Bjork, La Roux and MGMT. "A lot of bands I've always been inspired by are just coming into play a little more. There's a lot of stuff that doesn't sound like Evanescence, but the heart of the band of still there. This is a really, really, rhythmically driven record. So there's tons of drum-programming fused with live drums."
Lee also sat down with Spin and discuss plans for the album and past drama surrounding Evanescence. "There's a lot of bullshit related to that band name for me, but I'm ready to move past it. I've realized that Evanescence is who I am." Battling through several line up changes and several other bad experiences, Lee is ready to move on to bigger and better things.
Spin starts off by asking why Evanescence is returning now after taking two whole years off. "For a long time I didn't know what I wanted to do. I really love scoring film and that was definitely where my head was. I took a few stabs at doing that, but then I started writing more songs. I had such a good time in the studio with Will Science Hunt recording 'Sally's Song' -- it was a cool, free, creative space. So we thought, 'Why don't we just try writing an original song?' He has a studio in Forth Worth, TX, and we spent two days down there writing and a new song came out that was so different -- it was dark and inspiring. It was a groove that I hadn't found in a long time. So we spent all of last year writing like crazy and somewhere halfway through I said, 'You know, I think we're writing an Evanescence album."
How did the hook up with studio extraordinare, Will "Science" Hunt, who also has the same name as a member in her band, come to be? Well, part of getting back to Evanescence was the new Will Hunt. I met this Will -- I call him Will "Science" Hunt because he does a lot of programming and beats -- when we recorded 'Sally's Song' for Nightmare Revisited"
The front-woman also mentions the first new song the group started writing together and its title. " 'Hi-Lo. ' It's a working title. It's going in an electro-pop direction -- there are no organic instruments. It's a Portishead or Massive Attack direction, and lyrically it's about moving on, but in a very non-confrontational, non-angry way. It's just, 'Hey, everything that happened, I'm over it and I'm not mad at you.' "
Fans will definitley be suprised by the new Evanscence, but still can expect the signature feel and sound. "Well, it's definitely still heavy. Like The Open Door, the new songs are a rainbow of sounds. But this album spreads out even more. There are moments that are amazingly heavy, but then there are moments that are completely stripped down."
How did the goth rockers start working with Grammy winning producer, Steve Lillywhite? "We decided it would be good to have another brain in the room to provide some perspective, since we've been living with the demos for so long. Steve Lillywhite randomly called my record label said, 'Hey, what's Amy Lee and Evanescence doing? I'd really like to work with her.' I thought that was really interesting. I honestly wouldn't have thought of him if he hadn't called. So we went to lunch and I showed him some of the songs. He really loved them and wanted to do it!"
Lee also discusses the plans she had for a solo album back in 2008, whatever happened to that? "I was in a very different creative space then, before hooking up with Will Science. I wrote a couple of songs that are good, but in a totally different direction. Nothing from that period is making it to the new record."
Spin.com asked how the singer felt about her ex-members forming We Are The Fallen, Lee had no choice words for them. "I don't have any. It doesn't have anything to do with me or Evanescence."
In other good news, Evanescence's first single "Bring Me To Life" from their debut studio album, "Fallen" has been certified platinum selling 2 million units! A huge congratulations to them!
Before we go, here's a video to get you hyped up for the new album!