A one-and-a-half-minute video report from MTV News which includes a preview clip of EVANESCENCE‘s new single, “What You Want”, and an interview with the band’s frontwoman, Amy Lee, can be seen below.
“What You Want” will appear on EVANESCENCE‘s third, self-titled album, which is now scheduled for an October 11 release (one week later than previously reported) via Wind-Up Records.
“[Bassist] Tim [McCord] and [guitarist] Terry [Balsamo] and I wrote that song at my house in New York. We were just jamming, like, recording demos, and obviously the song has grown a lot since then, with everyone else,” Lee told MTV News. “For me, it was — and I need to remember this, so I can apply it in the future — it wasn’t trying so hard to be some epic, massive chorus. I was just doodling around on the piano and the guys were like, ‘Do that. Whatever you just did, that’s an awesome melody.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ Sometimes you just need your friends to be like, ‘Do that!’ ”
Regarding the song’s lyrics, Lee said, “It’s about freedom — that’s definitely a constant theme on the record — but, it’s like EVANESCENCE, and me, and my relationship with the music and the fans, and coming to that [realization] of ‘This is what I’m supposed to do … I want to do this.’ And when it says, ‘Remember who you really are,’ that’s exactly everything you could assume it means.”
EVANESCENCE is recording the new CD album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER, DEATH ANGEL, TRIVIUM).
Lee began recording an album last year with producer Steve Lillywhite (DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, U2) that leaned heavily in the direction of electronic and dance music, but her label reportedly rejected that project and made her start from scratch on a more traditional EVANESCENCE offering.
“I feel like, not that I’m trying to do what’s important for the music industry, I’m doing what I want — we’re doing what we love,” she told MTV News. “But, at the same time, it’s so refreshing for us to play music that we want to hear. It rocks, and not that there’s nothing going on that does, but less and less; that’s definitely not what’s dominating the airwaves. And it would be so amazing and it’s totally our dream to have that happen for us; not even just for us, but, like, we want to hear rock music again.
“I think that, as a band, we’re really strong,” she continued. “Everybody’s just playing at the top of their game right now, they’re just putting it all in … and it was, like, that mentality the whole time we were working. Like, whatever it takes to make the most amazing thing possible.”