Evanescence frontwoman and the co-founder of the band, Amy Lee, was the latest interview guest of the official YouTube channel of ‘Alternative Press’ this week and opened up about the latest album of Evanescence as well as the untold story of ‘Bring Me to Life.’
As you may already remember, Evanescence could not release a new album since they’ve released ‘Synthesis’ in 2017 until the release of their latest studio album ‘The Bitter Truth.‘ After sharing four different singles from it, the album has been released by BMG Rights Management and it features 12 new tracks including 2 bonus tracks for the Japanese Deluxe Edition.
In her latest interview, Amy Lee talked about why he was not okay to add a male voice to their one of most popular songs ever, ‘Bring Me To Life.’ According to Amy, the idea came from the label and the main idea was having a familiar voice to get them on the radio.
Here is what Amy Lee said in her interview:
“I was really, really against having any male vocal in our music. That was really hard. And it was an idea that came from the label. And it suddenly all became about ‘Bring Me To Life’; they decided that was the song. I actually didn’t think that should be the first; I wanted it to be ‘Going Under.’ They came up with this idea about having something in there that would be familiar to listeners in order to get us on the radio. I didn’t really understand what that meant.
I was really inspired by artists that were unique. Like, what’s great about all the artists… Nirvana and Soundgarden and Björk were that there was nothing else really like them. And that, to me, was the key ingredient and something that I believed — and still believe — that we have. And, in my head, the more you try and make it familiar, the more you’re taking away from our true power.”
“The original fight was that the label wanted us to hold auditions and bring somebody into the band full-time to sing on most of the songs and make it a thing — try to be the ‘female Linkin Park.’ And I was, like, ‘I’ll think about it,’ for, like, an hour, and then we called them back, and I was, like, ‘We can’t do that. It’s not gonna happen. I’d rather start over. It’s just not who we are. And I don’t want that.’ And then they took away our funding and I moved back in with my parents. And it was hard after all the buildup — we got signed, I quit school, moved to L.A., and it’s, like, ‘No, actually, we’re coming home.’
We didn’t get actually to do it. It was hard, but in my heart, it was broken, but I knew that it was better than the alternative. It wasn’t totally selling my soul. And then, a few weeks later, we got a call, and they’d kind of come around to a compromise, and decided, ‘Hey, we have a cool movie placement thing with this ‘Daredevil’ deal, and we pitched it to ’em as this male-female thing, ’cause there’s a fight scene, and that’s kind of what scored it.’
So now there’s a reason. And it’s only gotta be one song; it doesn’t have to be your whole identity changing. That made it okay for me.”
You can watch the interview below.
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