Evanescence Has Faith In Live Show

Although it took less than two months for Evanescence's Wind-Up debut, "Fallen," to reach the platinum threshold, the biggest news surrounding the band has more to do with its members' faith than its

Although it took less than two months for Evanescence's Wind-Up debut, "Fallen," to reach the platinum threshold, the biggest news surrounding the band has more to do with its members' faith than its music. Guitarist Ben Moody tells Billboard.com he's unsure how the band became embroiled in this "Are they" or "Aren't they" Christian rock controversy, but all is good as far as he is concerned.

"We never said we weren't Christians, we just said we weren't a Christian band," says Moody. "Then, all of a sudden, we were quite, quite evil." As previously reported, Provident Music Distribution, the Christian distribution arm of Zomba stopped handling "Fallen" after Moody was quoted in Entertainment Weekly saying, "We're actually high on the Christian charts, and I'm like, What the f*** are we even doing there?"

Evanescence's rise began a few months ago when the Little Rock, Ark.-based group landed two songs on Wind-Up's "Daredevil" soundtrack, including "Bring Me To Life," which features 12 Stones' Paul McCoy. Currently No. 10 on Billboard's Hot 100, the cut's nu-metal crunch is a bit misleading.

In reality, Evanescence is based more in the 1990s alternative rock world, with the occasional dalliance into goth and metal. While Moody provides the angst in Evanescence, his songwriting partner, 21-year-old lead singer Amy Lee, balances out the attack with emotionally melancholy lyrics that bounce between bitter and cathartic.

Having worked together since the two met at high school band camp (Lee was playing a Meat Loaf song on the piano) in the mid-'90s, Evanescence has overcome extra hurdles due to the fact Lee was the lead singer. "No one really seemed to care about how many people were in the band, just the fact that one of them was a woman," explains Moody. "There were a lot of radio programmers that took a while to come around and realize people are calling, wanting the song, and you have to play it. A lot of people were like, 'Yeah, a chick, no place for her.'"

That apparently is not the case, as "Fallen" is No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and Evanescence has a busy touring schedule ahead. The band has summer European festival dates ("I don't remember the names of them because I never heard of them before," Moody admits), as well as a Stateside tour currently booked through August.

In the meantime, the group is concentrating on honing its live show, which includes touring members drummer Rocky Gray, guitarist John LeCompt, and bassist Will Boyd. "We do about an hour," says Moody. "Nothing we're playing right now is newer than 'Fallen.' We're just sort of revamping those songs. They just kind of grow and evolve as we play them live, day after day. Live is much heavier. It is the record turned up to 11, basically."