During an appearance on 95.5 KLOS, Evanescence singer Amy Lee looked back on the band's start back in 1995, the group's latest album "The Bitter Truth," and more. You can check out "The Bitter Truth" on Amazon.
Asked about founding Evanescence in 1995 with guitarist Ben Moody, eight years before the group's debut album "Fallen," Amy replied (transcribed by UG):
"It's funny because the way our band was wasn't like a band, it was like a duo thing - we were recording artists first, which is weird and backward. It wasn't like we were out playing gigs, we were just finding ways to create and record music, however. So I remember having a 16-track recorder and bouncing down tracks, and learning all that stuff when Ben [Moody] and I were young teenagers. And then our first shows were literally coffee shops and stuff with us, and then sometimes we'd bring in another musician, and it was usually a guest thing. By the time we were like, 'OK, we have this music, let's go do it for real.'
It was not that much later that we were getting signed and picking who was gonna be in the touring band for real. So it's interesting. I don't know how old I was, it's hard to put a marker on when Evanescence started because it really just came from this pure creativity that evolved and eventually became a band."
The new album has so many great songs on it. I wanted to talk to you about the record too because so much stuff had gone on in your life, and in members of the band, and just in the camp of Evanescence. During the COVID thing, there was a lot of tragedy and just unexpected turns of events that really affected the record and the songwriting. Let's talk about that - you guys are ready, recorded about four songs or so, and then a lot of things started to happen. Can we talk about that?
"Sure. The things that you mentioned were happening kind of before that. I lost my brother in 2018, and it's not my first experience with loss, but it just rocked my family's world, and it just puts your mind in another place and changes your perspective. And for me, it was kind of the beginning of this chapter where I was asking myself again who am I now. Because when you lose something that's such a huge part of yourself, when something changes that's a huge part of yourself, you end up asking those questions, or at least I do.
The beautiful thing is that it's led me to music again, and we were there already, we were playing music, we were touring that year, and we have had other losses in our band, family as well since then. Tim lost his daughter-in-law. It's interesting, this music for me, when I first started making it, was self-expression, it's fun, it's cool to be in a band, but it was deeper than that. It's always been a place for me to really pour out things that are just hard to say in real life.
So there's something about it that feels really cathartic and beautiful, and healing, and the even more beautiful part is when you see all these other people out there in the world that use the music in the same way in their own life, and in their own process of healing, or grieving, or whatever it is.
A lot of it for us, a lot of like kind of the motto of the whole thing is not to be afraid of the pain. Not to numb it out but to go ahead and feel those feelings and let yourself in the music, have a place to feel free to be your whole self, and our whole selves.
Some times are broken. So a lot of this album just became, and then COVID hit, and we just felt like we were in tune with a big feeling going around in the world about people having to really look at life and feel loss, and want to come together, and want to be together. And we had to be a part, it made the album have so much meaning and purpose for us. It was like we were on a mission not just to help ourselves but to put something good into a broken world."
Check out the new Evanescence album "The Bitter Truth" here via Amazon.
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