Godsmack May Be Looking For A New Record Label
Godsmack singer Sully Erna was a recent guest of “The Jasta Show”, Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s podcast and revealed how a disagreement over the launch of the “Something Different” single from the “1000hp” album may have fractured the band’s relationship with its record label beyond repair.
Godsmack wanted “Something Different” to be the lead single from “1000hp” but was talked out of it by Universal Republic, who then convinced the band to go with the title track first, a move that Erna says was a “mistake.”
“The label made some big promises to us, that [‘Something Different’] was gonna be the big push, so we went with [‘1000hp’] first, to just kind of crack it open, and then they just kind of bailed on us on [the ‘Something Different’] single. And because of that, we don’t think we’re gonna be working with the label anymore. I mean, it was a big mistake on their behalf, we believe, and it’s a song that I still believe in and it reacts live, and you’ll see it every night.”
He continued: “It was a big learning lesson for us, because from now on… You know, ‘once, shame on you, twice, shame on me’ kind of thing. So never again will I allow that to happen. From now on, we’re gonna launch [each album] with whatever we feel is the biggest song on the record.”
Erna added: “We knew that song should have been the biggest hit on the record. There was something about it; it just felt right. But our mentality at the time was, ‘Let’s drop [‘1000hp’]. It kind of tells the story of the history. It’s just kind of a straight-up, standard Godsmack song that at least will kick the door open again. We haven’t had a song out in four years. And then, once it settles in a little bit, boom, drop the bomb and hopefully it will explode, right? But I’ll never do that again. From now on, they’re just gonna get whatever we feel is the best one and we’ll work our way through it from there. Because if that song would have hit like we hoped for it to, I really, really think it could have maybe put the band onto another level. It felt like that kind of crossover song. But whatever… Lesson learned.”
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