One week ago, Evanescence made their exciting announcement that their next album – their first in nine years – will be out sooner than we realized. Titled The Bitter Truth, its first offering is the lead single, “Wasted On You,” out now. And wow, what an incredible lead single it is.
“Wasted On You” opens immediately with frontwoman Amy Lee crooning, “I don’t need drugs” over clean piano. It’s a metaphor for the relationship she’s in, because she’s already wasted on him. This stripped down chorus takes us through the first 30 seconds, then it picks up with twinkling synths and skittering percussion building a dreamy soundscape. By the time the next chorus arrives, it’s crashing full of guitar and drums, bringing us that heavy sound that Evanescence fans love. The song alternates between the hazy verses and booming choruses, making for a dynamic experience. The structure is actually reminiscent of “Call Me When You’re Sober” – one of our favorite songs! Amy Lee did warn us in some interviews, and we’re so glad her comparison was spot on.
Despite strict isolation in this pandemic, Evanescence filmed a great “Wasted On You” music video. Each of the band members filmed their parts on their own iPhones in their respective homes. While we get to see their significant others, children, and pets, much of the video shows them looking lonely and forlorn, staring longingly out their windows. It isn’t until the end that they’ve broken free and can feel the sunshine outside. P.R. Brown directed the video.
Watch the music video for “Wasted On You” below:
You can stream or download “Wasted On You” from all the major music providers here. It will appear on Evanescence’s upcoming album The Bitter Truth, expected later in 2020.
In multiple interviews in the last six months, Amy has stated that the band plans to release several songs one by one leading up to the album release. It seems that they are going ahead with that plan, and “Wasted On You” is just our first taste!
We don’t yet know when The Bitter Truth will be released, but we expect we’ll know more in the coming weeks. Our guess is that it’ll be out in early fall.
Recent Music from Evanescence & Amy Lee
After releasing Evanescence in 2011, frontwoman Amy Lee went down her own musical path. In 2014, Amy shared her soundtrack album, Aftermath. Two years later, inspired by her young son, Amy released a children’s album, Dream Too Much. Amy also released a 4-song EP of covers featuring songs by Portishead, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Chris Isaak.
In 2017, Amy shared translated cover of “Love Exists,” a reworking of “L’amore esiste” by the Italian singer Francesca Michielin. Also that spring, Amy released her original solo song, “Speak To Me,” for the film Voice From The Stone. More recently, Amy collaborated with violinist Lindsey Stirling’s on the song “Love Goes On And On,” released last September. One month ago, Amy’s song with Body Count, called “When I’m Gone,” was released.
But the band has also been active in the last few years. In early 2017, Evanescence released a boxset of their three studio albums and b-sides, and later that year we got their electronic-meets-symphonic album, Synthesis. After plenty of touring, they put out Synthesis Live in fall 2018. Last November, Evanescence shared their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” releasing its music video in January.
The Return of Evanescence
Evanescence has been actively working on their long-awaited 4th studio album in the past year. They started writing and demoing in spring 2019, and officially began recording earlier this year. They expressed plans to work with several producers. This year, they began with producer Nick Raskulinecz – the same man who produced their last album, Evanescence, in 2011, and mixed “The Chain” last fall. Although they were going to just do two new songs with Nick, they ended up doing four with him.
The band also has a major tour coming up with the band Within Temptation. Their World Collide tour will take the two bands across Europe in September 2020. It was supposed to happen this month, but like all other tours and events, it was delayed due to Coronavius. Find dates and tickets now so you can see them at the end of this summer.
Enjoy “Wasted On You” and it’s new music video – we certainly do! It makes us even more excited for The Bitter Truth, due later this year. Keep track of all we know about the album here. In the coming months, we’ll likely learn the full tracklisting and release date for the album. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Evanescence music news.