Interview: Godsmack’s Sully Erna on His Favorite Tracks off ‘1000hp’


By Richard Bienstock

It’s been 16 years since Godsmack released their self-titled debut, and in that time they’ve become one of the biggest bands in hard rock, with a slew of hard-charging hit singles like “Whatever,” “Straight Out of Line,” and “Crying Like a Bitch,” and millions of albums sold. Their new release, ‘1000hp,’ which introduces a wider range of textures and colors into the band’s trademark aggro-rock sound, looks to continue their long-running success. Lead singer Sully Erna recently took some time to talk to Revolver about his favorite tracks off ‘1000hp.’

MORE GODSMACK: Read our review of ‘1000hp.’

“This was one of those songs that kind of wrote itself. One day in the studio we were breaking for dinner and a friend of ours went out to get some food for everybody. Kind of kidding around, I said, ‘I’m going to write a song before he gets back.’ And Tony [Rombola, guitar] goes, ‘Well, you better make it a really fast riff because he’ll be back in 15 minutes!’ And I’m telling you, this song was done, front to back, in maybe an hour and a half. As far as the lyrics, when I came up with the chorus and the ‘Turn that shit up louder’ line, I started thinking, What if this was a song about us? Next year will be 20 years since we became a band, and there’s a real history there. I guess it takes a lot to see that sometimes, because you still see yourself as a fan growing up and listening to the Aerosmiths and the Rushs and all the bands you loved. But, wow, man, 20 years. It felt like enough time had passed that it was okay to have a song like this.”

“Something Different”
“It’s my favorite piece on the record. As a matter of fact, it’s my favorite song I’ve ever written in my life so far, maybe with the exception of the one I wrote for my daughter on [Erna’s 2010 solo album] Avalon. And what’s funny is that this was the last song we did for the album. But from the moment I started playing it, I knew there was something magical there. I’m putting all my money on this one being the biggest single from the record.”

“Nothing Comes Easy”
“I like this one a lot. There are a couple songs on the record that feel like they have some art to them and are just a little bit different. You go, ‘Fuck, this doesn’t feel like Godsmack but it is Godsmack.’ And I think this song has that. ‘Generation Day’ is another. There’s a cool, kinda artsy feel, but it’s done in a way where there’s still a lot of power and strength.”

MORE GODSMACK: Read our review of ‘1000hp.’


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