The band’s founder recalls writing songs in teenage diary entries and tour stop bathrooms.
With a new Evanescence vinyl box set, The Ultimate Collection, out Dec. 9, the frontwoman, 34, reveals the inspirations behind her band’s deep cuts and big hits.
“Bring Me To Life,” 2003
I was in a really dark place when I wrote that. I had just quit school when we got a record deal, but we hadn’t put out any music yet. Josh, my husband now, was visiting us. He was a friend I didn’t really know very well. We went into a restaurant, he sat down across from me and goes, “Are you happy?” My heart sank into my stomach, and I was just so not ready to talk about it. I played it down, but I instantly was like, “How does this person see into my eyes? How does he know what I’m feeling?” I obsessed over that moment on my own and ended up writing that first verse and chorus of “Bring Me to Life” and how he opened doors. Very dramatic.
“Call Me When You’re Sober,” 2006
[Former Evanescence guitarist] Terry [Balsamo] and I were at a campout writing session. We rented a place in Florida near the water and just stayed there for months. I was playing around with this song, and he could hear it from the other room. He was working on a heavy riff, not like what I was doing at all. I was like, “Would it be super weird if these two things mashed up?” I love this song because it has this fun spirit that was new for us as a band. You can still be heavy with a smile on your face. continue reading