They're not in any hurry for their current single, "Running Blind," to slow down at radio, but that's not going to stop Godsmack from releasing "Touché" as their next single on July 13.
The song, co-written and recorded with Dropbox singer John Kosco and guitarist Lee Richards, is a bluesy rock number with tribal rhythms and haunting vocal harmonies. And it marks the first collaboration between Godsmack frontman Sully Erna and Dropbox, who are signed to his Realign Records label (see "Godsmack Frontman Puts A Singer Into Ex-Bandmate's Dropbox").
"That song was a lot of fun to do," Erna said. "It was really cool for me as a singer because I got to trade off on the verses and then harmonize on the choruses with John, who's an amazing vocalist. He has a really intense and soulful voice, and working with him really helped me to sing better myself. It was the first time I had ever sang with someone else, and it was a great experience."
"Touché" was already partly written when the Dropbox guys joined Godsmack in the studio in Hawaii, where they were recording the EP The Other Side.
"As soon as we started doing it," Richards said, "[Godsmack's] Shannon [Larkin] got behind the percussion and Robbie [Merrill] started hammering bass lines for it. ... We were all really excited. We knew it was going to be a special song."
The lyrics for "Touché" were penned by Erna and Kosco. While sharing a creative vision is sometimes difficult for two different lyricists, both found they could easily relate to the grudge-filled messages in the song. "It's about the times when someone says one thing to you, and then you're like, 'Hey, I wasn't too happy about what you said about that.' And it's like, 'You know, what? Touché. I'm gonna challenge you. If you're not gonna give me what I want, then I'm not gonna give you what you want.' "
"Touché" may have been the first collaboration between Godsmack and Dropbox, but it probably won't be the last. Erna, Richards, Larkin and Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery have been talking about working on a side project together, and Kosco, Richards, Larkin, Merrill and Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola have been writing together while on the road.
"We've done some stuff that's leaning towards being a Temple of the Dog kind of record or a Mad Season kind of record," Richards said. "It's a complete departure from Dropbox and Godsmack. It's just a bunch of songs we've collected through the years that we haven't been able to do with these bands but are finally able to work with."