Daron Malakian (System Of A Down) and Scars On Broadway have premiered a new video for their new song “Lives.” This track is from the band’s new album “Dictator,” which will be released on July 20. The single is being released around the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and part of the proceeds will go towards Armenia Fund.
“The traditional Armenian folk dances and colorful costumes that you see in the video are an homage to Armenia’s rich history and culture. The song and the imagery in the video are meant to inspire pride among—and empower—the survivors of a historical tragedy.”
He also added the following about donating to Armenia Fund:
“I want to help the innocent people currently caught in Azerbaijan’s ceasefire violations against the Republic of Artsakh and prevent another genocide against Armenians.”
He also talked further during an interview with Rolling Stone:
“There was supposed to be a cease fire, but the Azeri government does not follow that all the time, so there’s a lot of women and children that get caught in the middle of all this, and I really wanted to send some first aid kits out to Armenians that are living there. It’s very possible that another genocide can happen, so I really want to bring attention to what’s happening there and keep that from happening.”
He also added the following about the album:
“I recorded the album and then around that time System started playing live again. So every time we’d play live, there’d be conversations like, ‘Maybe we’ll do an album.’ So being the guy who wrote the majority of almost all the System songs in the past, I was like, ‘Alright, let me see what’s happening with it. Let me hold onto these songs and let me see how this develops.’ We talked about it and we weren’t all on the same page. Not everybody was into the idea. But every time we played live, it kept coming up.
I just got to the point now where a lot of people were asking about the Scars album – I hear it all the time – so I was like, ‘I’m gonna put this album out.’ Not knowing what’s happening with System has kept me from putting my own stuff out. Too much time has passed, and I’m really excited to finally get some music out finally.”
“…This album has more of a System flavor to it than the first Scars On Broadway did. There were songs on the first Scars album, like ‘Stoner Hate‘ and ‘Babylon‘ that could have easily been System Of A Down songs, too, but there were also songs that leaned a little more on the rock side. This album has that rock flavor as well, but it has more of a System Of A Down flavor, too, because System has more of the metal tones going on there.”
Malakian also revealed that he is working on a third Scars On Broadway album:
“I’m going to put out a third Scars album soon, as well. I’ve written a lot of songs for it, and I’m rehearsing with the band, and in the next four months or so we’ll hopefully go into the studio.”
On another note, he was also asked if System Of A Down abandoned their new album plans and he responded the following:
“No, it’s not abandoned. But as of right now, not everyone is on the same page. Trust me, man, I’m probably the biggest System Of A Down fan in the world. I mean, I named the band [laughs]. So I’d like to see something like that happen.”