System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian On New Album: “We’ve Played Each Other Songs, But We Still Haven’t Come Eye To Eye On How Things Should Be Done”

Serj Tankian was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, and discussed a variety of topics. During the chat he was asked about a new System Of A Down album, and responded by saying they all get along, but they are having problems agreeing on how to move forward with the material they have.

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Tankian said the following when asked if the band tried to make a new album:

“We have. We’ve discussed it and we’ve played each other songs, but we still haven’t come eye to eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it. And that’s where it’s been.”

He also added the following when it was mentioned that the members seem to get along on tour:

“That’s the funny thing. When people don’t see a record, they assume the worst about your internal relationship. But the truth is we’re actually better friends – at least I’m better friends with everyone than I’ve ever been. John‘s my brother-in-law; he’s in my family. We have a great time together touring.

But sometimes putting together a record, and that creative output and how things should be done, is different in four people’s heads and it doesn’t always come together. Fortunate or unfortunate, however you want to call it, that’s the truth. But touring is easy, because you’ve done all these songs. You have fun, you go out and tour, and that’s it.”

Tankian also discussed the recent headlines saying he isn’t too interested in doing vocal work:

“That was from an interview I’d done, like, five or six months ago when I was in Moscow doing press for the movie ‘Furious – The Legend of Kolovrat‘, which I did the score for. I don’t remember saying ‘screw vocals,’ but it may have been when they were showing the film and someone was asking me about vocals, and I said something like, ‘Screw the vocals, look at the screen.’ What’s funny is I’m doing all these vocal sessions this week. How about that?”

He later continued:

“Everyone’s looking for headlines. I hate that. I hate when they take something and they just go with it. If you’re going to print that, at least send us an email asking, “Hey, did you say this?” And I’d say, “I probably did, but it was in this context.” At least check with me. Don’t take an interview that was translated from Russian from five months ago on the set of a film without checking.

Everyone’s picking it up and going, “Oh, my God, that means he’s not doing System again?” It’s kind of funny. You want to negate all these things, but then you’re like, “Well, I didn’t start it in the first place.” Why do I have to put out fires every two weeks? I’ve got shit to do. I’m working on music [laughs].”

Aside from all that, he also talked about his current work, which includes some scoring projects, solo songs, etc. He has also done some guest appearances on Jimmy Urine’s (Mindless Self Indulgence) solo album and on System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan‘s These Grey Men project.

He also said he has some rock songs that he may release as an EP:

“I have a bunch of rock songs I’ve been sitting on. I’m still trying to decide what to do with them [laughs]. Maybe I’ll put out an EP or something. Having a young family, I really enjoy being home with my kid. When you put out a proper record with a band, you’re doing videos and press and touring, and you’re dedicating a few years to marketing your record. I’m at a point where that’s not what I want to do.

I’m happy to sit down have a few chats about a film score that I’m doing, because that’s easy, but dedicating two years to one project like that is difficult. That’s why I’m afraid of putting out my own record – not afraid, but don’t want to make that time dedication right now. So I might just put it out as an EP on iTunes and Spotify and do a few interviews and just let it be.”

Head to Rolling Stone to read more.

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Shavo Odadjian On New System Of A Down Album: “It’s Not Happening” Right Now

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian recently took part in a fan Q & A and was asked about the possibility of getting a new album from the band. He said the following:

“I’m waiting for a new album too. It’s not happening, I don’t know. I don’t know when it’s gonna be. Not right now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

John Dolmayan On System Of A Down’s Lack Of New Music: “I Don’t Know Why We Aren’t Coming Out With An Album”

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan was recently interviewed by X107.5 Las Vegas to discuss the re-opening of his Torpedo Comics store in Las Vegas, NV, and during the chat he talked a little bit about the band’s lack of new music and the progress they have made with regards to new material. You can see what he had to say below.

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Dolmayan on why 12 years have gone by without releasing an album:

“In our band, the difficulty really isn’t is one of us gonna fall off the wagon or get into a bad situation. It’s really a matter of are we gonna come together and make something happen. It’s been about twelve years since we put out an album… I don’t know what’s going on with System Of A Down. I had rehearsal last night in L.A. and I drove right out. We have a tour booked in Europe and I know what everybody says, ‘why don’t you guys tour the states?’ ‘Why don’t you guys tour the states?’…

I don’t know. I don’t know why we aren’t coming out with an album. It’s very disheartening.”

Dolmayan on whether or not one person is hindering their efforts:

“Nobody in particular, and the funny thing is we all get into the studio, everybody’s getting along great. We have a blast on the road. And I know a lot of our American friends are saying ‘why don’t you guys tour the states more often?’

We talked about it about two years ago. We said look, we haven’t made an album—at that point it was a decade only that we hadn’t made an album—only one short decade, since we have so many left [laughs]… And we talked about it and said ‘look, let’s make our album first.’ We had every intention of going in the studio and working on the album.

As far as the timeline, everybody had their own opinion of when that was going to happen, for me it was ten years ago…”

“If I had my way we would have put out five albums in the last twelve years. And I think we’re really doing a disservice to ourselves cause you only have a finite amount of time, you know? If anything… Chris Cornell passing away unexpectedly, at any given moment…

It does put things into perspective and you realize how much time you wasted. And how precious that time is. I don’t know why we haven’t made an album exactly. Because it seems like we all get along. We all have a great time together. We still are putting together really good music. I think that we can put out a fantastic album.”

Dolmayan on how he feels about the music they’re working on:

“Really good, as strong as I’ve ever felt. And to be honest with you if I didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t even want to broach putting together an album because we do very well touring on our catalog.”

He also added:

“So we’ve been in the studio for the past year and we’ve put together about fifteen songs so far that I think match or beat anything we’ve done in the past… And I don’t make those kind of claims without having something to back it up. We’re better than we’ve ever been. We’re tighter than we’ve ever been.

We know what we’re doing and the songs are there. It’s a matter of getting together and putting aside whatever differences, or whatever problems people have—which don’t seen to surface when we’re together, by the way. It’s almost like there’s two System Of A Down‘s for me.”

[via The PRP]

Code Orange Added To Select Dates Of System Of A Down’s 2017 European Tour

Code Orange will support System Of A Down on six of their summer European dates. You can check out System Of A Down’s full schedule below.

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Tour Dates:

06/01 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion (feat. Code Orange)
06/03 Nurnberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/04 Mendig, GER – Rock am Ring
06/05 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop
06/07 Nancy, FRA – Open Air Zenith (feat. Code Orange)
06/09 Derby, UK – Download Festival
06/10 Paris, FRA – Download Festival
06/12 Prague, CZE – 02 Arena (feat. Code Orange)
06/13 Berlin, GER – Wuhlheide (feat. Code Orange)
06/14 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena (feat. Code Orange)
06/16 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/17 Krakow, POL – Impact Festival
06/20 Nimes, FRA – Nimes Festival (feat. Code Orange)
06/22 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/23 Madrid, SPA – Download Festival
06/25 Florence, ITA – Firenze Rocks
06/28 Norrkoping, SWE – Barvalla Festival
06/30 Arras, FRA – Main Square Festival
07/01 Werchter, BEL – Rock Werchter
07/02 Hannover, GER – TUI Arena
07/05 Moscow, RUS – Park Live Festival

System Of A Down Announce More 2017 European Shows

System Of A Down have added more dates to their 2017 European tour. Check out the updated schedule below.

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Tour Dates:

06/01 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
06/02 Nurnberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/04 Mendig, GER – Rock im Ring
06/05 Landgraf, NET – Pinkpop
06/07 Nancy, FRA – Open Air Zenith
06/09 Derby, UK – Download Festival
06/10 Paris, FRA – Download Festival
06/12 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
06/13 Berlin, GER – Wuhlheide
06/14 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
06/16 Nickelsforf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/17 Lodz, POL – Impact Festival
06/20 Nimes, FRA – Nimes Festival
06/22 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/23 Madrid, SPA – Download Festival
06/30 Arras, FRA – Main Square Festival
07/01 Werchter, BEL – Rock Werchter
07/02 Hannover, GER – TUI Arena

John Dolmayan & Serj Tankian Comment On New System Of A Down Music

It looks like there may be some new System Of A Down music in the future. John Dolmayan told Kerrang! that the band actually have about 15 songs written. The only thing is, Serj Tankian has since told LA Weekly that still have to “see if that’s going to be System music or not.” For now, you can see their full statements below.

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Dolmayan said the following:

“We’ve been working on a new album for the last six months and there’s about 15 songs that I think are album-worthy. We don’t know what’s happening in terms of release, it’s still not 100% as far as plans go. I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that’s what we’re trying to accomplish right now. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure on us, though, because it’s been 11 years – at least 12 by the time it comes out.”

He also added:

“Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we’re trying new things. We’re not trying to make ‘Toxicity‘ Part II, just because it was by far our biggest album. This needs to be something for a new generation of SOAD fans, so everyone can see we’re not resting on our laurels.”

Here’s what Tankian had to say:

“We’re going to get together and see if that’s going to be System music or not. And who the fuck knows? If it is, great, and if it’s not, then great.”