EVANESCENCE has around two dozen live appearances scheduled this spring and summer, with plans to spend the rest of the time writing material for its long-awaited follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort.
"I just wanted to do some shows to get us back together, back rocking again, get our vibe on, back to our roots, so that we can really focus on spending time together in creation mode this year," singer Amy Lee told DC 101 in a new interview (hear audio below). "So, [we're] not doing too many shows in there. I don't want it to be a major distraction. I want it to be a good fuel to push us into album writing. And we're gonna have a little session right after this tour, and we'll have more throughout the year. So I'm excited."
She continued: "This tour is too short, like I said, but it's perfect, because it just makes us hungry to go do more. And even just being out here playing our show, but also doing some of these festivals and watching bands that we love and admire, like ROB ZOMBIE and KORN, it just puts us in the mood and it makes us feel inspired. It just makes us wanna go in there and create. So it's perfect. I'm very excited to work on the next thing."
Asked when fans can expect to see the next EVANESCENCE LP, Amy said: "I can't put a time frame on it, but we're working this year, with the goal of next year."
EVANESCENCE spent much of the last two years recording and touring in support of 2017's "Synthesis", which contained some of the band's best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones — reinvented with full orchestra over a deep electronic landscape.
"Synthesis" sold 34,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of that sum, 30,000 were in traditional album sales. EVANESCENCE's 2011 self-titled release debuted at No. 1. "Synthesis" was the group's fourth top 10 effort, following "Evanescence", "The Open Door" (No. 1 in 2006) and "Fallen" (No. 3, 2003).
Last year, Lee told the 93.3 WMMR Rocks! radio station that she wasn't opposed to the idea of releasing singles and EPs instead of full-length albums, especially as streaming services like Spotify continue to alter the way people consume music.
"I just think it's cool to be able to have this freedom to commit to less and do more," she said. "I'm totally open to doing a few songs instead of an album here and there, and see what happens."
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