Evanescence have announced their first album of new material in nine years with The Bitter Truth, which is set to be released incrementally over the course of the next year. It follows 2011’s Evanescence, along with 2017’s Synthesis, which saw them reworking previous material with orchestral arrangements and electronic elements.
Coinciding with the announcement, the band have today shared the album’s first single ‘Wasted on You’, which comes with a self-shot video filmed separately by each band member on their iPhones while self-isolating before being edited together by director Paul Brown.
Finding each band member at home with their families, passing time and attempting to stay creative, the DIY video encapsulates the current disconnection many around the world are feeling during the coronavirus pandemic, intimately depicting both the intense and banal.
“We were recording this music right up until we couldn’t go into the studio anymore, and finished it remotely through file sharing and phone calls. Tweaking mixes, adding background vocals, creating the video and album art all from home has been like water in the dessert for me, my light in a dark time,” explains bandleader Amy Lee. “We are still writing and have a lot more work to do on this album, but this time we wanted to release the songs individually, as we create, to live more in the moment with our fans and our music.”
“As far as business is concerned, this is considered a terrible time to release. But we believe that people need music now more than ever. We do, and we’re not going to wait to share it because who knows what tomorrow brings. Who knows if it even comes? This is who we really are and we’re calling out across the world for a connection.”
Check out the video for ‘Wasted on You’ below.