Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

GODSMACK Vocalist SULLY ERNA To Release New Solo Album, Hometown Life

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 1:46 PM


Set For Release Friday, September 30 Via BMG

- advertisement -
SULLY ERNA--founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum rock band GODSMACK--will release a new solo album Hometown Life on Friday, September 30 via BMG. Composed by SULLY on piano and acoustic guitar and produced in his New Hampshire studio, Hometown Life offers a departure from the tribal, world music feel and experimentation on 2010's Avalon; the new album's 10 songs are more accessible, sonically and musically precise.

Listen to the new song and title track "Hometown Life" below.

Hometown Life pre-orders are available now at http://sullyerna.com/

"When I do a solo album, I write for myself," says SULLY. "It's not for critics, radio or even fans. I like to explore different kinds of music that work together. A good song is a good song. I stopped categorizing a long time ago."

A personal, confessional, raw work which takes yet another stylistic left-hand turn from the music he has created as front man for the multi-platinum rock band GODSMACK, "Hometown Life" offers a wide-ranging glimpse of Erna's eclectic musical tastes--from the singer-songwriter Billy Joel/Bruce Springsteen narratives of the title track and the bossanova touch of "Take All Of Me", to the breezy island feel of "Your Own Drum", the finger-snapping Motown bass lines of the bluesy "Turn It Up", the country flavors of "Different Kind Of Tears" and the wide-screen canvas of mini-symphonies "Blue Skies" and "Forever My Infinity". All of them are tied together with Sully's unflinching view of the emotional roller-coaster of his life, drawing us into an intimate space. "Hometown Life" explores Sully's diverse musical touchstones from James Bay, new country favorites like Chris Stapleton and Brantley Gilbert to soul legends Ray Charles, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.

For "Hometown Life", SULLY worked with the same musicians from Avalon with the exception of percussionist Niall Gregory. On two of the songs--"Different Kind Of Tears" and "Your Own Drum"--SULLY collaborated with Nashville-based tunesmith Zac Malloy, who has also written for Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, SKILLET and DAUGHTRY. "It was cool to see the same exact players sound completely different on this album," SULLY says. "It just goes to show their musicianship and versatility. They can really pull off anything I ask of them."

With SULLY on piano, acoustic guitar and the stray bongo, "Hometown Life" was also a family affair, with his 71-year-old father Salvatore--who helped nurture his son's own musical interest early on--playing trumpet on "Turn It Up". It's a song Erna describes as a tribute to the power of music, a blueprint for how a song "makes you get off your seat, tap your feet, feel the energy and let it pass through you."

"It was a proud moment," says SULLY, who also channeled his great-uncle, a famed composer from Sicily, in several of the songs which feature symphonic strings, like "Blue Skies", "Forever My Infinity", "Father Of Time" and "Falling To Black".

"Hometown Life" allows an inside glimpse at Sully's vulnerability on a personal level, and he attributes much of his honesty and inspiration for this album to the love of his life, Sarah. "We've definitely gone through some complicated times and fought for what we have. And I'm really grateful to have her in my life. We have a very special and unique kind of relationship that most people can only dream of having. And I wouldn't put that second to anything! These songs are about exposing my inner thoughts, laying myself bare, being honest and expressing genuine emotions... about dark times and positive ones." Some songs offer fatherly advice, like the percussion-heavy "Your Own Drum", an admonition to his teenage daughter to follow her own muse and not be afraid to be different, or trying to deal with life's hurried pace, as in the rhythmic tick-tock of "Father Of Time". On the soaring "Blue Skies", SULLY reaches out to his loved ones and asks them to acknowledge the man and father he has become from the immature boy he once was.

As for how his solo career fits in with his "other band," Sully is circumspect. "GODSMACK is a very energetic, aggressive, powerhouse rock band. It's for those moments when you want to scream and stomp your feet. My solo stuff is a lot more vulnerable, the grown-up version of who I am and how I process. It's about finding acceptance for the things that don't go right in your life, being appreciative for all the memories, good or bad. Sometimes these experiences can be very painful, but I do get some beautiful songs out of it. I'm just happy to be blessed with a gift that enables me to channel this stuff and vent it through my music."

"Hometown Life" does just that, revealing sides of SULLY ERNA only hinted at in GODSMACK, "That's the whole point," he explains. "The people who have followed me and can appreciate it, I encourage them to explore. All my albums--including the ones with GODSMACK--are like musical journals, diaries of what I've gone through in my life at the time. I'd love to reach a whole new audience with this. Music has helped me get through some tough times. That's when I write, when something affects me emotionally, happy or sad."

"For all those things we've ever done/Give us our chance to prove our love," sings SULLY on the album's closing track "Falling To Black". He describes it as "a beautifully sad song," which offers a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. The same could be said of "Hometown Life". As SULLY himself puts it in "Your Own Drum": "There's no shadows/If you don't have light."

Track listing for "Hometown Life":

  • "Hometown Life"
  • "Your Own Drum"
  • "Different Kind Of Tears"
  • "Take All Of Me"
  • "Don't Comfort Me"
  • "Turn It Up!"
  • "Blue Skies"
  • "Forever My Infinity"
  • "Father Of Time"
  • "Falling To Black"


    Please log in to view RANTS

    If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

    Username: 
    Password: 

    Message: 
     
     

     





  •  Recent News
    Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
    Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
    LIKE A STORM Announces 2019 Sirius XM Octane Tour
    Sunset Strip Veterans LYPSWITCH Return with 30 Years
    MONTE PITTMAN Announces North American Tour With TONY MACALPINE, LONERO
    ODDKO Debuts Groundbreaking "Disobey" VFX Video
    ALL ELSE FAILS Returns With "A Dream of Names" Video
    CHICAGO OPEN AIR PRESENTS Reveals 2019 Band Lineup
    BARONESS, DEAFHEAVEN Plot Co-Headline US Tour
    THE SIXTH CHAMBER Debut "Entrance To The Cold Waste" Video
    GEEZER BUTLER, STEVE STEVENS, MATT SORUM, FRANKY PEREZ Debut DEADLAND RITUAL
    TRAVIS BARKER'S MUSINK Returns For 12th Year In March
    MONOLORD Confirm North American Headlining Spring 2019 Tour Dates
    EPICENTER FESTIVAL Announces Massive Debut Lineup
    WITHIN TEMPTATION Announce 2019 North American Tour Dates
    Inaugural CAMP ANARCHY: 3 Day Punk Rock Campout Revealed
    VOLBEAT Confirms North American Tour With GODSMACK In Spring Of 2019
    ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Stream New Song "Late"
    SLAYER Announces Leg 5: North America Of Band's Final Tour
    CARNIFEX Release Bury Me In Blasphemy EP
    FAREWELL TO FEAR Premieres "Your Cure" Video
    KING DIAMOND Announces New Live DVD/Blu-Ray Songs For The Dead Live
    INCITE Reveal New Album Details, Title Track Video For "Built To Destroy"
    CANDLEMASS To Headline NORDIC NOISE 2019
    DREAM THEATER Debut "Untethered Angel" Video From New Album
    THE HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY Announces 2019 Inductees
    CHILDREN OF BODOM Launch "Under Grass And Clover" Video
    GIN ANNIE Reveal New Single, Video And UK Tour
    HRH VIKINGS FESTIVAL II 2019 Headliners Announced
    GEDDY LEE Announces Toronto Indigo Book Signing
    CANDLEMASS Open The Door To Doom With New Album
    M3 ROCK FESTIVAL Unveils The 2019 Band Lineup
    REZET Signs To Metalville, Deal With It! Album Coming
    TORA TORA Set To Unleash 'Bastards Of Beale' Album
    WEST BOUND Featuring CHAS WEST Announce Debut Album, Volume I
    THE WINERY DOGS Announce "Who Let The Dogs Out" 2019 Tour
    TESTAROSSA Launch "Mother Lover" Music Video
    2019 PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Reveals First Round Of Bands
    Melodic Rock Artist DUANE MORANO Unveils Guest-Heavy Debut Incognito
    NOTHING MORE Unleash Blistering "Let 'Em Burn" Video
    WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE Reveals 2019 Band Lineup
    LAST UNION Release "Most Beautiful Day" Music Video
    ALDIOUS To Issue All Brose Limited Edition Vinyl
    AT THE GATES Announce Special New EP Releases
    KISSIN' DYNAMITE Launches "Heart Of Stone" Video
    JUDAS PRIEST Announce Spring/Summer 2019 North American Tour
    TERROR Debuts New Video For “In Spite Of These Times” & “One More Enemy”
    HIGH ON FIRE Announce "Electric Messiah" Tour 2019
    BEAST IN BLACK Unleash New "Sweet True Lies" Video
    LET THERE BE ROCK SCHOOL Announces CAMP ROCK STAR Event
    JINJER Premiere New Single/Video For "Dreadful Moments"
    AVANTASIA Announce "Moonglow Over North America" 2019 Tour
    VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Set To Release New Live Album The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights
    TO WHOM IT MAY Confirm Dates With DROWNING POOL, 10 YEARS
    KISS Add More Dates To 2019 North American "End Of The Road" Tour
    CRYSTAL LAKE Signs With Sharptone Records, New Album Helix Coming In February
    DOWNFALL OF GAIA Announces New Album, Ethic Of Radical Finitude
    LORDS OF THE TRIDENT Unleash "Death Dealer" Video
    LAST IN LINE Set To Release New Album II
    OVERKILL Reveal New Album, The Wings Of War
    LAST UNION Release "Taken" Music Video
    CHILDREN OF BODOM Announce New Album, Hexed
    NEUROSIS To Headline Supersonic Festival 2019
    HATEBREED Announce 2019 25th Anniversary Tour
    BUCKCHERRY Set To Release New Album Warpaint
    CRADLE OF FILTH Announce Second Leg Of North American "Cryptoriana" Tour
    REVERENCE Release "Phoenix Rising" Live Video
    KING 810 Premiere New Song "Braveheart"
    ACCEPT Bassist PETER BALTES Quits The Band
    RIVERS OF NIHIL Launch "The Silent Life" Video
    DIRE PERIL Premiere "Always Right Here" Video
    SONIC TEMPLE ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL Reveals Inaugural Band Lineup
    PROPHETS OF ADDICTION Debut "Last Of The Words" Video
    VENOM Are Set To Storm The Gates With New Studio Album
    KILLCODE Drop Second Video For "Put It Off" In Their TRILOGY Release
    JEFFREY NOTHING Streams "Dead Space/Dead Inside" Song
    TWELVE FOOT NINJA Announce 'Upload' Headline Tour For March 2019
    RED DRAGON CARTEL Releases Video For "Bitter"
    CANE HILL Reveal New Album Kill The Sun
    BILLYBIO (BIOHAZARD/POWERFLO) Launches "Rise And Slay" 360° Video
    Bassist REV JONES Releases His Debut Solo CD Bakwash
    METAL CHURCH Go "By The Numbers" With New Video
    QUEENSRYCHE Stream New Song "Man The Machine"
    LAST UNION Release "President Evil" Music Video Featuring DREAM THEATER Vocalist JAMES LABRIE
    UNEARTH Unleash New Video For "One With The Sun"
    DECIBEL MAGAZINE TOUR Confirms 2019 Lineup With CANNIBAL CORPSE
    JINJER Reveal Micro EP Details
    JOYOUS WOLF Launch "Mississippi Queen" Cover Video
    THE THREE TREMORS Announce Self-Titled Debut Album
    BLACK LIGHT DISCIPLINE Release Cover Video For ALAN WALKER's Hit Single "Faded"
    JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Announce New Album Details
    JASON BECKER Reveals "Hold On To Love" Video Featuring CODANY HOLIDAY
    BLADE KILLER Premieres New Song "Midnight Sinner"
    EXCITER, OMEN, RAZOR To Perform At "Hell's Heroes II" Fest In Houston
    CLUTCH Announce New 2019 Winter Tour Dates
    WARKINGS Unleash "Sparta" Music Video
    SWALLOW THE SUN Unveil New Album Details For When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light
    New Supergroup SPIRITS OF FIRE, Featuring TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, CHRIS CAFFERY, STEVE DIGIORGIO & MRK ZONDER, Reveal Debut Album
    STEEL PANTHER Announce First US Tour Dates Of 2019 With The "Heavy Metal Mardi Gras" Tour
    EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING Reveals Band Running Order
    THE GLORIOUS SONS Confirm 2019 U.S. Headline Tour
    TYGERS OF PAN TANG Set To Release Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981
    SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS Launch Music Video Shot By Fans For “Mind Your Manners”
    HYPOCRISY, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE & AENIMUS Announce North American Tour
    NEW YEARS DAY Stream New Song "Skeletons" From Forthcoming Album
    JOE PERRY Debuts New Video For "Quake" Featuring GARY CHERONE
    HARD ROCK HELL XIII Reveals Inital Bands For 2019
    DEVIN TOWNSEND Announces "An Evening With" Acoustic Solo Tour
    BULLETS AND OCTANE Release "When We Were Young" Single/Music Video
    RED DRAGON CARTEL Announces North American Tour
    AUGUST BURNS RED Releases Winter Wilderness EP
    ARTILLERY Releases Video For Third Single, "Pain"
    LACUNA COIL Releases 'Nothing Stands In Our Way' Book
    KANE ROBERTS Set To Release The New Normal Solo Album
    ALL THAT REMAINS Guitarist OLI HERBERT Passes Away At 44
    WAR OF THRONES Unleash "Say What" Video





    HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

    ©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
     Latest News