With just a week to go until Evanescence kick off the Australian leg of their Synthesis: Live world tour, their first visit to our shores in six years, the anticipation of Australian fans has no doubt hit an all-time high. Following some time off after wrapping up the two U.S. Synthesis: Live tours, Overdrive sat down with guitarist, and more recently, theremin player, Jen Majura to chat all things Synthesis.
While the rest of the band (made up of vocalist Amy Lee, guitarist Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord, and drummer Will Hunt) have toured Australia in the past, this will be Jen’s first visit to our shores and she couldn’t be more excited. “Woohoo! I’m so looking forward to that trip. I’ve never been to Australia and I’ve always, always wanted to go and now thanks to Amy and Evanescence I finally get the chance to see Australia – and eat some Vegemite.” This excitement is a feeling mutually shared among the rest of the band, with Jen describing the tour as more like a big vacation-style trip with good friends.
In 2003 you’d be hard-pressed to find an Australian commercial radio station that wasn’t blasting Evanescence‘s Bring Me To Life.
The band’s frontwoman, Amy Lee, was transformed into a success story practically overnight. Her rock band sold hundreds of thousands of copies of its debut album with its first week alone. Fallen went on to sell more than 17 million copies worldwide, with one of its tracks featuring on the 2003 Daredevil film.
But behind the smokescreen of success, Lee was struggling to cope with fame.
You have just released a new album after six years. Your fans got crazy about it and it also got really nice comments from the critics. Some of your fans were surprised with the electro-orchestral adaptations and low-down guitars in your new album. How did you decide to make your new album “Synthesis” which includes your older songs with this new sound? What has been changed for Evanescence in six years? Can you tell us the story behind the album?
Well I really wanted to show a lot of these older songs in another light. The symphonic and electronic elements have always been part of our music, but usually spend most of their time in the background, supporting the band. I wanted to show a bigger picture of what Evanescence is, what these songs are to me. These arrangements give the lyrics a new depth to me, and I wanted the challenge of working in a different way, with some classical legitimacy. There was extra freedom with the older songs than there is when we’re putting out a new song, because the point wasn’t to make it a hit, show all sides of it at once. We already did that. So we could just totally run wild with the classical, film score side of the music.
There is a common question on your fans’ heads; are you going to release anything new that couldn’t make it on to the album in the near future? Like “Weight of the World” that you have been playing at the live shows recently.continue reading
Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack to Blind, available digitally on Friday, January 26.
The album features music and performances by Amy Lee(Evanescence), Dave Eggar, Sasha Lazard, Chuck Palmer, Phillip Phillips, Ann Hampton Callaway, Cindy Morgan, Everett Bradley, Johnny Farro, Jake Baine, and Matt Rocker and the Constituents.
Soundtrack produced by Sasha Lazard with Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer, Michael Mailer and Al Risi. See track list below.
Vertical Entertainment presents BLIND, available now on VOD (rent it on iTunes or Amazon).
A long-ago car crash that killed his wife and left him unable to see still exacts an emotional toll on Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin). He was a hugely successful novelist, but stopped writing after the accident. Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) is found guilty by association when her husband is indicted for insider trading. She is sentenced to three years community service and assigned to help Bill. Their worlds intertwine and a passionate love affair ensues. Then Suzanne’s husband is unexpectedly acquitted and she is forced to choose between the man she loves and the man she married.
Blind – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Blind Opening Theme – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
Bird in A Cage – Sasha Lazard and Jake Baine
Bill’s Wife Theme (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
Mark’s theme (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
Pourquoi – Ann Hampton Callaway
Dream of Ice (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
Through Your Eyes – Amy Lee
Shaving (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
Honeypot (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
The Sexiest Mistake – Sasha Lazard
First Kiss (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
Just a Little Love, A Little Kiss – Johnny Farro
Beacon for the Blind (Score Cue) – Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer
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