North Kingsley (System Of A Down) Premiere “Shotguns” Lyric Video

North Kingsley, the band featuring Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian, have premiered a lyric video for their song “Shotguns.” This track is from the group’s latest EP “Vol. 1.” That effort is the first in a series of three-track EPs. Hawthorne commented:

“‘Shotguns’ is an open discussion about what it means to be a modern-day American. Is it even anything worth being proud of? What changes need to be made? As the days go on, these questions hold even more weight.”

North Kingsley (System Of A Down) Premiere “Die For The Pic” Video

North Kingsley, the band featuring Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian, have premiered a new video for their new song “Die For The Pic.” This track is from the group’s new EP, “Vol. 1,” which was released today (August 14). That effort is the first in a series of three-track EPs.

Hawthorne commented:

“‘Die For The Pic‘ is a statement on modern hypocrisy. The masses are tending to follow popular trends without taking the time to analyze what’s actually going on. People often agree with whatever they are told the correct way to think is, and then post about it online, in an effort to be perceived well by their peers.

In my experience, most of these people don’t even take the time to look into why they believe what they’re demanding others believe. It’s a cycle.”

Paparian added:

“‘Die For The Pic‘ is a really unique production compared to our other tracks. The goal was to establish a minimalist setting while still experimenting with how elements fit in the mix. It’s really bare bones- and that allows for this wide open space where Shavo’s guitar work pushes and pulls against Ray’s lyrics. My bandmates are sparring on an open stage- it’s beautiful.

I’m very proud of that fact that Shavo and I could find a place to leverage a bit of our people’s history and culture in our tracks. ‘Die For The Pic‘ has vocal samples cut from an a capella of a song from Palu, a village in Western Armenia. Means a lot personally since my great-grandfather was born in Palu….We almost lost those songs- it’s almost by sheer luck that it not only survived but that it found a place in North Kingsley‘s music.”

North Kingsley (System Of A Down) Premiere New Song “Like That?”

North Kingsley, the band featuring Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian, have premiered a new song titled “Like That?.” This track is from the group’s new EP, “Vol. 1,” which will be released on August 14. That effort will be the first in a series of three-track EPs.

Odadjian said the following about the project:

“We’re giving you songs you can marinade on, instead of 12 songs all at once. There’s going to be a clip for every song, something visually for you to vibe on. I directed videos for System, I do stage production visuals for the band so that’s important to me. Saro has an incredible eye for creating new things visually and I act almost how a producer would on that and we are going to drop merch with every release, so it’s more than just music.”

“I love to collaborate. I love to hear my ideas come through other people. There is strength in numbers. Saro would make the beats, and I would play guitar and bass – and not in a way that you’d usually hear in rock. When Ray came in, he was very turned on to what’s going on socially and politically. They both know their way around the studio with what’s new and fresh. I played hard to get for a little while with them, but the vibe and what we were working on was so cool that it became the start of North Kingsley.”

“I’m known for playing metal but you can’t say it’s just metal – it has a lot of other influences in there. I did Achozen with RZA and that was straight hip-hop. North Kingsley is right in the middle. The kick and the hi-hats and the snare sounds punk. To me punk rock isn’t a style of music, it’s something you live. It’s a lifestyle and it means going against the grain and I heard that there, and we are putting it all together to create something exciting and new for today.”

Paparian continued:

“Our sound is very LA. Ray and I were raised in those dirty clubs for years and you have Shavo who’s part of one of the biggest LA bands of this century. I want people to know that this came from LA, you can hear it in the griminess of both the rock and the beats. The three of us align across the spectrum and bring different things. It’s like these musical and cultural nodes that center and become North Kingsley. We have specific creative identities, it’s like watching those three things clash and meld together like steel rods being sculpted by friction. I’m stirring this witch’s brew with Ray’s lyrical intellect and Shavo’s exceptional songwriting talent. It’s in his DNA to know when a song feels right and I throw my flavor into that and that’s us.”

Hawthorne added:

“I grew up on System and had lots of albums by socially conscious bands and that spoke to me. We are all focused and are all hard on ourselves to challenge one another and make something that’s great musically and that, I hope, extends to our message.”

North Kingsley (System Of A Down) Tease Debut Single

North Kingsley, the band featuring Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian, have posted a teaser for their debut single. The full track will be released on August 7.

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North Kingsley (System Of A Down) To Release First Single In August

North Kingsley have announced that they will be releasing their debut single on August 7. As previously reported, that project features Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Ray Hawthorne, and Saro Paparian.

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System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian Teases New Music From His North Kingsley Project

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian has shared a tease of the new music he is working on for his North Kingsley project. You can check that out below:

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian Launches New Project North Kingsley

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian has launched a new project called North Kingsley. The band, which also features Ray Hawthorne and Saro Paparian, are planning to release new music “soon.”