GODSMACK has achieved a career first by scoring three No. 1 singles from the same album. This week, “Under Your Scars”, the third single from the band’s “When Legends Rise” LP, has ascended to No. 1 on the Active Rock chart. This marks the group’s third No. 1 rock hit from its current album. “Under Your Scars” follows the album’s two previous tracks that were No. 1 active rock hits: “When Legends Rise” and “Bulletproof”, the latter of which was recently certified gold in the U.S. and was also the most-played song at rock radio in 2018.
“What a proud moment to be able to announce that ‘Under Your Scars’ has officially gone No. 1 in the country!” says frontman Sully Erna. “To have any song reach No. 1 is such an honor. But to have three in a row on one album is unreal. Feeling blessed!”
The newly released video for the song showcases GODSMACK‘s electrifying live performances alongside heartfelt backstage exchanges with the group’s fans over the years.
To coincide with the release of “Under Your Scars”, Erna announced the creation of The Scars Foundation to support ongoing mental health struggles facing so many.
Erna stated about the track: “‘Under Your Scars’ has become such an important song to me for so many reasons. It’s the first time GODSMACK has decided to put this kind of a ballad on an album, which was pretty ballsy for us. I’m so happy that the fans have embraced it in the way they have, because the meaning behind it is so much bigger than any of us. It reminds me that taking all the credit without acknowledging the people or events that have touched our lives deeply enough to inspire songs like these, and so many others would just be wrong.”
He continued: “So humbly I will say, this song came to me shortly after I had spent some quality time with someone who I consider a dear friend, and have grown to admire and respect as one of the smartest and most talented artists today, Stephanie Germanotta, who most of you may know as Lady Gaga. In the short amount of time we hung out, she made me realize that we all have these imperfections, these wounds that we carry (whether they’re physical or emotional) that cut so deep they can cripple us. These feelings leave us vulnerable, or embarrassed, or even unworthy at times. And our human nature — when they’re exposed — is to shut down, rather than embrace them and realize that not only can we overcome them, but we can also become an inspiration to inspire others to have a voice and find their inner strength to show their scars off loudly and proudly to the world. Our ‘Scars’ are nothing more than our battle wounds from life and they helped mold you into who you are today.”
Erna added: “All of this is what drove us to create The Scars Foundation, our new non-profit organization battling everything from severe depression to addiction, bullying, suicide prevention and so on. Finding acceptance, that’s what ‘Under Your Scars’ and what The Scars Foundation are about. We’re all imperfect — that’s what makes us perfect!”
Just prior to the release of “When Legends Rise”, Erna told Classic Rock that “Under Your Scars” was “probably the most important song on this record where comes to expanding, because it’s the first time we’ve really put a legitimate ballad on a GODSMACK record. It was the first time we introduced piano to the brand,” he explained. “It was taking a little bit of what I’ve done over the years with my solo stuff, and hybriding it to come up with a more classic ballad, like the ‘Dream On’s and the ‘Stairway To Heaven’s and the ‘November Rain’s. I can’t say it competes with those songs — obviously it’s too new, and those songs are legendary — but I feel like it kind of has those elements of an epic ballad. It starts off very slow and keeps on growing and growing and growing into this big epic finale, and it has some of the deepest lyrics on the record.”
He continued: “I think the biggest craving a human being needs to satisfy is the need to be loved, and as corny as that sounds we all carry these scars. What’s important is that the connection is strong, and as long as you understand that you’re willing to live with these scars, then you don’t have to run away when something scares you.”
GODSMACK has spent more than a year on the road, both in North America and throughout Europe, in support of “When Legends Rise”. They just wrapped the European dates on their in-progress world tour and are currently headlining a run of North American shows (including a July 23 New York City show at the Beacon Theatre) with special guests NEW YEARS DAY. Next up is a stretch of festival appearances leading GODSMACK straight into the recently added fall shows, with HALESTORM supporting. The new dates kick off September 20 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and wrap October 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.