During a recent interview with with Barbara Caserta from Linea Rock, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin has revealed the story of how they have changed over the last 20 years.

Here’s the statement:

“In 20 years, we’ve changed. Our spirit, I think, is better now because we’ve matured. As we’ve gotten older, we’ve started families, we have children. We’re not angry young men anymore. We’re trying to mature our sound as well as our home lives. T

ony [Rombola, guitar] and I don’t drink anymore, for instance. He [Sully] was never a problem drinker like I was, but we used to drink a lot. He barely drinks like that anymore. We understand what we have now, I think, which makes it more special and makes it more important to us to be great.

With the spirit of the band and what I think about Godsmack in our scene and coming up, well, if you look at all the bands that started making it and they were dubbed ‘nu metal’ in America in the ’90s, not many of them are left but our old asses standing right here.”

Shannon also talked the expectation when they’re writing new songs and album. He said:

“I would say something about the expectation part: the cool thing about Godsmack by the time I joined, they sold seven million records. The first album came out and literally blew up in our home country.

We never really had the labels and management all trying to tell us what to do and how to look and how to sound. We took control and so the expectations were all within us, like we just wanted to do well so we could continue on and spread music throughout the world.

There’s nobody looking over our shoulder, ‘It’d better be number one again.’ We never had that stigma that other bands had with a lot of strife in the beginning where labels are trying to form them into this or that.”

You can reach the source of the statement from here. Listen to it below.