AMY LEE Says JOHN LECOMPT And ROCKY GRAY Were Not Original Members Of EVANESCENCE

Gary Graff of Billboard.com recently conducted an interview with EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee. A a couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On EVANESCENCE's forthcoming album:

"I know that seems weird to say, but I wouldn't be here in the studio making another record if I didn't think it was going to be better than anything I've ever done. I feel like so much has already happened. I don't even know where to begin to try to describe it...'cause it's just so many things at once. I'm really excited."

"It wouldn't be an EVANESCENCE album if it didn't sound somewhat like EVANESCENCE. I feel like our band has always had programming and inspirations from BJORK and DEPECHE MODE and MASSIVE ATTACK and that kind of thing. It's not like we're making one of those records; it's just, like, that is playing a bigger role in the sound of EVANESCENCE this time. Those little nuances and hints come in in ways that are cool. The sound that we're going for as a group is to fuse synthetic instruments with organic instruments and create something that sounds like a whole new place. It just sounds larger than life."

On WE ARE THE FALLEN, the group formed by EVANESCENCE co-founder Ben Moody (guitar) and other former members — John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums) — whose debut album comes out in May:

"It just doesn't have anything to do with me or EVANESCENCE. The only thing that bothers me about it, really, is I keep hearing...about 'the original members.' The only original members of EVANESCENCE are me and Ben; John and Rocky came into the band after we'd already recorded [EVANESCENCE's debut album] 'Fallen', so there's a lot of years there...that didn't include anybody but Ben and I. Other than that, I don't have an opinion or anything to say about it."

Read more from Billboard.com.

EVANESCENCE perfoming live on November 8, 2009 in Sao Paulo, Brazil:

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