You’ve always pushed yourself as a songwriter to expand the range of emotions and sounds in your music, and yet Evanescence still gets frequently described as a goth-rock or goth-metal band. How do you feel about the term goth still being used as much as it is in describing Evanescence?
I never have been [goth]. Our original Web site like in the '90s was called 'We're not goth.' [Laughs] But I understand it, and there are plenty of goth kids that are our fans too. I think goth is kind of a silly, outdated word. I think our music is rock, first of all, but then we incorporate a lot elements that make it dark. Nine Inch Nails is a big influence. Depeche Mode. The things I have always been into that have inspired the band have always been a little bit on the darker side. I'll call it dark, but I won't call it goth, because anyone who spends three hours putting on makeup everyday isn't really thinking about anything more than that.
The archived pages of this website has been recently excluded from the Wayback Machine! Does anybody have any screen capture of this website? the website was available only a few months ago... I have only the homepage screenshot and the five Evanescence EP samples (Exodus - 1:05, Imaginary - 0:35, So Close - 1:15, Solitude 1:27, Where Will You Go - 1:04).
"January 2, 1999 was a night that will go down in music history. It was the night of the first ever show by Evanescence, a Little Rock, AR band that will soon be taking the world by storm. Citing influences such as Type O Negative, Living Sacrifice and Portishead, this band creates a unique style of music that falls squarely within goth-related genres.
It was that night that the debut self-titled CD EP from Evanescence was released and sold out. It was a short run, of 100 I believe, but for a band who has only gotten exposure on two radio stations and who's fan base as of now is mostly local that's pretty doggone cool... "
How did I not ever see this? That reminds me, there was some website that had Amy's and Ben's email addresses a looooooong time ago that I vaguely remember. I sent her an email. Tee hee. That was so long ago... Not sure I even remember it right. It was before the band blew up huge though-- that I do remember.
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