What You Want, the first single/video from Evanescence‘s upcoming self-titled third album, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on July 30 on a makeshift stage inside a Brooklyn warehouse. The video was helmed by director Meiert Avis, who’s made iconic clips for the likes of U2, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
“This video is sort of, like, the history of the band,” Evanescence singer Amy Lee told MTV News. “This club [set] is emulating old shows we used to play in the beginning — we used to play this club called Vino’s in Little Rock — it’s sort of like back then, the gritty, dirty club, sweaty. And basically, it’s also [about] New York, where I’ve been, [and] where [bassist] Tim [McCord] lived in the past few years since we’ve been gone. And it’s sort of about escaping New York and … coming back out into the world.”
She added, “This is more a personal video. We’ve done a lot in the past that [were] very ‘fantasy,’ and this is sort of the real us. I just wanted to do something that really felt personal for a change. Obviously, I’m wearing crazy makeup, and that’s not my everyday, but, you know, I want … to connect with the fans again. We all do. We miss them. A lot of this record is about them, and that’s why they’re going to be here and be in it, too.”
The new album Evanescence was recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Veelvet Revolver, Death Angel, Trivium). The cover artwork for Evanescence ‘s forthcoming third, self-titled album can be seen below. The CD will be released on October 11 via Wind-Up Records.
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.”
Evanescence played its first concert in almost two years on August 17 at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The group performed four new songs from its upcoming self-titled third album, including first single What You Want, which opened the show.Watch 2 live video’s here.
A five-year drought ended for Evanescence fans on August 8 when the band performed its What You Want live on MTV, with the song also heading to rock radio and iTunes at the same time.
Evanescence will kick off a 15-city North American run on October 10 in Oakland, California.
Upcoming European Tourdates:
11/7: Manchester, UK
11/8: Glasgow, UK
11/10: Plymouth, UK
11/12: Leeds, UK
11/13: Birmingham, UK
11/17: Offenbach, Germany
11/18: Dusseldorf, Germany
11/20: Berlin, Germany
11/21: Munich, Germany
‘Evanescence’ to play ‘Rock in Rio’ September 2011 (may 2011)