During an appearance on KROQ‘s “The Kevin & Bean Show”, Shavo Odadjian talked a bit about System Of A Down’s internal struggles and the lack of new material from the group. He said if it were up to him, the band would have a new album out right now, but “it takes four to tango.” He went on to say that they “still love each other” and that he thinks their issues are “just an artistic thing.”
Odadjian said the following after being asked when the band will release a new album [transcribed by The PRP]:
“If it was my way, it would be now. But it’s not, it takes four to tango… I’m hoping—because like I said, for me, we have so much material. We have material for like the last 10-12 years. We all write. So I personally have a lot, Daron has a lot, I know Serj got a lot, but I don’t know… I don’t know what’s going on.
I’m hoping, I’m wishing, you know? We still love each other. There’s nothing… No one’s done anything wrong. No one’s angry, it’s not like someone’s done something to someone and they can’t take it back. Nothing like that’s occurred. I think it’s just an artistic thing.”
He also added the following when asked about playing with at least one member who has differing views:
“I personally do think about it always and I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, I do think about it. But I don’t hold grudges. I can’t do that. But it’s hurtful because I do want to play and I want to make music and I want to make a record and I didn’t join a band and didn’t get famous to stop playing music.
I want to play more music. But it is what it is and we’re gonna roll through the punches.”
He later continued:
“I can’t force anybody on stage. I can’t force anybody into a studio. I can’t force anyone anywhere. And it won’t be good for us either. Nothing is good for us, everything has to come natural and become what it is.”
He also added the following after one of the hosts jokingly said they should bring in the “performance enhancement coach,” Phil Towle, from Metallica‘s “Some Kind Of Monster” documentary:
“I’ve had that conversation. That would be cool, like maybe someone has to sit in the middle and be like ‘this is what it means.’ And ‘this is what he means.’ But it’s not like someone has done something. There’s no like where he could be ‘oh he did this for that reason.’…”
This news comes after Daron Malakian previously made headlines for basically saying Serj Tankian is the one standing in the way of a new System Of A Down album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music.