Serj Tankian To Repurpose Songs He Originally Wrote For System Of A Down

Considering System Of A Down still can’t agree on what direction to take their new album in, Serj Tankian will now be using the tracks he wrote for the effort for a new solo EP or film soundtrack. He said the following about that in a recent newsletter:

“I have five rock songs that I wanted I do with SOAD but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna work out, so I am finishing those up to release them as a solo EP or possibly as a soundtrack for my film cause they are interrelated.”

Aside from this, Tankian has a number of other projects he’s working on. They include a recently finished score for the film “Spitak,” which focuses on a man looking for his family after the Armenian earthquake in the 1980s, his Fuktronic project with Mindless Self Indulgence‘s Little Jimmy Urine, and more. This news comes after Daron Malakian previously said he held off on releasing Scars On Broadway’s new album “Dictator“ (out July 20) for years, because he wanted to use some of the material for a possible new System Of A Down album.

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Watch Preview Of System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian’s Appearance On “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

As previously reported, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian will be making an appearance on the May 20 episode of the CNN series “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Now, a preview of the episode is available over at CNN.com. The program will feature Bourdain and Tankian traveling around Armenia with historian Richard Giragosian. Here’s an official description:

“Bourdain takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of this country [Armenia,] heavily influenced by Europe and Russia, with guides musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), and historian/Armenian resident Richard Giragosian. Breaking bread with Tankian at the restaurant Dolmama in Yerevan, during dinners with locals, the host explores the native and diaspora Armenian populations’ survival and achievements against the odds.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian To Appear On “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian will be making an appearance on the May 20 episode of the CNN series “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” The program will feature Bourdain and Tankian traveling around Armenia with historian Richard Giragosian. Here’s an official description:

“Bourdain takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of this country [Armenia,] heavily influenced by Europe and Russia, with guides musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), and historian/Armenian resident Richard Giragosian. Breaking bread with Tankian at the restaurant Dolmama in Yerevan, during dinners with locals, the host explores the native and diaspora Armenian populations’ survival and achievements against the odds.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Shares “Industrialized Overload” Track From His Early Works

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has shared an unreleased track from his early works titled “Industrialized Overload.” You can download that for free if you sign up your email at serjtankian.com, and find a fan-uploaded stream below:

[The The PRP]

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Says He Is “More Interested In Writing Instrumental Pieces Of Music” Rather Than Music With Vocals

System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian was recently interviewed by Expert Magazine to discuss his scoring work. During the chat, he said that he is actually “more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music,” rather than music with vocals.

Tankian said the following when asked if it was hard to do scoring work, considering he was primarily a vocalist [translated version shared on Facebook:

“Screw vocals. I’m tired of it. During a conversation with a friend yesterday I came up with an idea: before we started making music, I was mainly known as a poet and vocalist. I wrote poetry every day. It was what I did constantly, what made me release two poetry books. In fact, I came to music from words.

I wrote so many lyrics that it stopped to be interesting. Not because there is nothing I want to talk or sing about. Sure there are topics I don’t want to write lyrics to but at least I can pull out some new emotions out of it. Poetry is always something that opens yourself up and supports self-determination. I just did it for too long. Now I am more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Perform At Los Angeles “Game Of Thrones” Live Concert Experience

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian took part in the “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA last night (March 23). You can check out some footage of him performing “The Rains Of Castamere“ below:

Serj Tankian Premieres “Artsakh” Music Video/Comments On System Of A Down’s Future

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has premiered a video for his new song “Artsakh.” The song was written for the Amernian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh, and more info about the track can be found at Rolling Stone.

In other news, Tankian also commented on System Of A Down’s future in another Rolling Stone interview:

“We’re communicating and trying to see if we can bring our material together. There’s definitely a lot of communication going on, a lot of back and forth. I can’t make a statement in terms of whether we’re going to have a record or not, because we haven’t gone into the studio and done it. But there’s definitely communication going on, songs being played to each other and all that stuff, so it’s good. We’ll see what happens.”

“…I think it would be great to create something brand new in a new direction. It would be very exciting, but everyone’s got to be on board, on the same page, and it’s got to be done in a way so that everyone is happy. If we can do that, we’ll do it.”