Amy Lee has lent her powerhouse vocals to quite a few projects over the past year or so. She released a family album, put out some solo music and recently recorded “Speak to Me” for the new movie “Voice From the Stone,” starring “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke.
You can now add a new Evanescence project to that growing list. According to the frontwoman, it’s going to sound like nothing you’ve heard before. Expected out later this year, the album will be the group’s first since 2011’s self-titled studio effort.
“It’s not just a straightforward next Evanescence album, but it’s something else. So manage and prepare yourself for what you’re waiting for to be something different,” the songstress told The Huffington Post during Build Series.
Lee says she always wants her sound to evolve. This new album will represent forward momentum for the band, which formed in 1995 and has gone through several iterations, with Lee remaining the steady force on piano and vocals.
“I had this crazy harebrained idea, like, two years ago and finally I have all the people around me that are like, ‘Let’s make that happen,’” she said.
Lee has been on the road with the band over the past few months and in their down time, they’ve carved out time to write and record new music. When pressed about what to expect, Lee remained tight-lipped, only saying, “It’s not quite the right time to tell you exactly what it is.”
Inspiration for new songs can come at any time for Lee, who says she uses the voice note function on her phone to record melodies and lyrics.
“Songs come from all places. With Evanescence sometimes, it happens with me at the piano, feeling feelings. Other times, it’s Will [Hunt] on the drum kit coming up with some really cool rhythm,” she said.
Before the album arrives, Evanescence will tour overseas, with concert dates lined up through the summer.
“We are really just enjoying each other and enjoying what Evanescence is. Everybody is in sync with each other, there’s more interaction just for fun, enjoying the old songs even the ones I wrote … when you’re in a completely different place in your life as a teenager … I think the older I get and the more I go through, the more I appreciate what this really is in my life,” she said. “I’m really, really proud of the band and everything that’s survived because so many times it wold have been easier just to walk away. I think we’re playing live better than we ever have.”
And as for that next album?
“You’re going to go with it,” she said. “You’re going to like it, I promise.”
By Lauren Moraski