Serj Tankian previously revealed that he was planning to release a new EP featuring songs he originally wrote for System Of A Down and now he has offered more information on the effort. During a recent interview with Spin, the singer was asked about the sound of the EP and he said for him “it’s not ‘Toxicity‘ but it is ‘Toxicity‘.”
Tankian said the following:
“Originally I had these songs in mind for a System record if we were to end up doing a System record. But as we could not really see eye to eye on how to go forward with that I decided to finish them off myself and release them as an EP.”
He later added:
“I always have random rock tracks done at different times and I sit on them. And then one day the right project or right idea for releasing them will come along. They all have piano or synthesizers, which is a little different than the four-person crew with System, although we had some synths as well. It’s got stuff that’s really heavy, heavy and there’s a funny aspect and then there’s a song about my son.
It kind of runs the gauntlet on diversity of thematic expression: political, non-political. I guess that’s always been me, all over the place. I think I’m gonna call it ‘Elasticity‘ just because I wanted to do it with System and it didn’t happen.
For me, it’s not ‘Toxicity‘ but it is ‘Toxicity‘. [Laughs.] That’s what I’m thinking of calling it. I haven’t finalized it, but that’s what I’m thinking of calling it. We’ll probably put it out later this year.”
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) and Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) have officially released their “Fuktronic” album. You can find that on the service of your choice HERE. The music was supposed to be part of a British Gangster film that the musicians were working on, but it appears the movie was never finished.
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has released a new solo song titled “Hayastane.” The track features lyrics by Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan and all of the proceeds from it will go towards the My Step Foundation.
“During these challenging times of pandemic and lockdown, we wanted to give the people of Armenia a present of hope that they themselves can share with the world. The goal was to write a song that represented a victorious celebration of the Armenian spirit, covering the past, present, and future of our nation. Please enjoy!
100% of the revenues from this song will be donated to the My Step Foundation in Armenia. My Step Foundation is an amazing charity that is spearheading many meaningful initiatives within Armenia focusing on public health, education, culture, social welfare, environment along with other sectors in need, including the current crisis surrounding COVID-19.
Their current COVID-19 response for Armenian citizens include support to elderly groups, the disabled and other vulnerable populations in the country in the form of care packages, nutrition and hygiene products; the purchasing of vital medical supplies (masks, gloves, insulators, and other personal protective equipment) for medical and other first response teams within Armenia, and the purchasing and distribution of computers and tablets, while helping to provide education for students in need within vulnerable families in regions of severe distress.”
System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has collaborated with Sebu (Capital Cities) and Misho on a new song titled “Introvert (Call Me Crazy).“ Sebu discussed the track with Billboard and Tankian also commented via social media:
“Always fun to work with good friends whom you also deeply respect as artists. After hanging out a few times over Armenian Apricot Vodka and food, we decided to do a track together for fun and this song is the result. This is the best of Armenian hip hop @mishohayteam coupled with gorgeous pop melodies from @sebusimonian with whatever the fuck I do-Enjoy ‘Introvert-Call Me Crazy.’”
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), who is the grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors, will be discussing the tragedy and how it personally impacted his life during a New Zealand Parliament event next month. The invitation-only event will be hosted by Gareth Hughes and it will also feature Dr. Panayiotis Diamadis, who will discuss how New Zealanders helped out victims of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides during World War I. ANC-NZ chair Hoory Yeldizian commented:
“We thank Mr. Tankian and Dr. Diamadis for accepting our invitation, which will continue our recent efforts with Professor Taner Akcam in advocating for New Zealand’s recognition of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides.”
System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but it appears members of the group have very different views on Sen. Bernie Sanders. Frontman Serj Tankian has been a supporter of the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, but drummer John Dolmayan has taken to social media to slam the presidential candidate for some of his ideas.
Dolmayan said the following:
“Childcare / free , healthcare / free, university/ free. Fuck it , if everything’s going to be free and it’s all going to come from the rich anyway then why work at all? Why not just live off the work and profits of the rich? I’m a millionaire and so is Bernie but I only have two houses so maybe I can share this hypocrite’s “summer camp”.
Don’t believe the indoctrination, don’t believe Hollywood/ music elites , and don’t believe communism disguised as democratic socialism will do anything but strip you of your freedoms and make everyone equally destitute. Venezuela, China, North Korea , Nazi Germany, Cambodia (Pol Pot) , Italy ( Mussolini ) , etc.
It doesn’t work , it will not work , and it always leads to poverty for the working class. The same elites pushing this agenda will be well taken care of while the rest of the people starve.”
On the same day, Tankian posted a headline about Sanders winning the popular vote in the first three early voting states with a caption that said “Oh yeah!!!”