Serj Tankian On System Of A Down: “Maybe We’re Better Friends Because We Haven’t Made A Record In 12 Years”

Serj Tankian previously made headlines after he released a tell-all statement as a way to offer an explanation for the lack of a new System Of A Down album. Now, during an interview with Forbes, which also featured Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, Tankian said the band may actually be “better friends because [they] haven’t made a record in 12 years.”

Here’s an exchange from the chat:

“Boyd: Are you guys working on new music?

Tankian: No.

Boyd: That’s cool though.

Tankian: I don’t know if it is or isn’t. But it is what it is. The new music thing, there’s a lot of press going back and forth and I recently made a statement online, on Facebook, explaining the whole hiatus and took responsibility for it.

Boyd: When the time is right you will .

Tankian: If the time is right.

Boyd: You never want to put pressure on those kinds of processes. A little bit like, “Be brilliant now. Now!”

Tankian: It’s gotta be organic, it’s gotta feel right in every way. But also there’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records. Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it’s probably regressive thinking.

Boyd: It’s true, if you feel vital, if it feels like you guys need to be together in a room then absolutely. And if it doesn’t then you shouldn’t force the issue.”

Tankian also added the following about playing live with System Of A Down:

“We really enjoy it. That’s the thing, over all these years, maybe we’re better friends because we haven’t made a record in 12 years. I think creating the record brings a lot of these intricate personality complex into writing, to the surface. But when we’re playing live we’re like, ‘Hey, how have you been? I haven’t seen you in a couple of months. How’s the family?’

And we have fun, we’re out there. It’s like playing basketball together playing a live show together. There’s no brain thing going on, it’s just enjoying it and doing it. That’s why we have a lot of fun. And we’ve become better friends because of it. Over the years touring here and there, a month here, two months. We’ve become better friends and closer with each other because of it.”

[via The PRP]


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