System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Teams Up With Sebu & Misho On New Song “Introvert (Call Me Crazy)”

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.’”

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian On Coronavirus Panic: “I Think It’s The Stupidest Thing”

Some people are still not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously and it seems System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian may be one of them. The bassist discussed the crisis during an episode of “The Jasta Show,” which was recorded earlier this month, and said that he thinks the panic surrounding it is “the stupidest thing.”

Odadjian said the following:

“I think it’s the stupidest thing… I think it’s lame. It’s just a regular cold, bro, at this point.

I saw a doctor yesterday for just a checkup. He owns the floor; it’s his. Anyway, he was telling me how he was upset at how media’s only focusing on one thing, and that’s putting fear in you, which is what’s going on — it’s like control by fear. But he’s, like, the actual virus has actually diminished in power and strength since it started with all the deaths that have been happening.

He’s, like, we have 50 times more people contaminated with it, but we have 30 times less deaths. Where before there was a certain amount that got contaminated and this many died from it — like maybe 20 percent, 10 percent. And now it’s, like, 0.01 percent, and it’s mostly people in convalescent homes in their 80s and 90s, or people that have weak immune systems.

It’s people that would die from the flu or anything else that would happen, which happens, like, 27,000 to 57,000 a year in America alone — people die from the flu and no one talks about it… I’ve been doing research, ’cause I’m, like, ‘Dude, why are these important things getting canceled, like South By Southwest, just for a cold?’”

“I know it’s scary — it’s scary to have this new thing, but every two years we have something new, man. We went from Zika to the fucking swine flu to SARS to Ebola, back to this, back to that… And it’s, like, every time they don’t have something, they’re gonna bring something else back and say, ‘Oh, remember this? Wasn’t it scary? Well, it’s back. We have two new cases.’ Ooh, the world panics, bro…”

It’s unknown if Odadjian’s opinion has changed since making these comments.

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan To Release His Own Comic Book

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan is reportedly planning to release a new comic book called “Ascencia” in April. The drummer told The Pulse Of Radio the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“It’s about the choices one would make if given the opportunity to live in a place that keeps you immortal. Like, who would you betray? Who would you screw over? It would test your moral fiber and it tests who you are as a person, make you question everything about yourself. It’s a sci-fi epic that I’m putting out as a monthly series. I’m self-publishing it, so I’m very proud of it.”

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Speak At New Zealand Parliament Event On Armenian Genocide

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

John Dolmayan: “There’s Always Been Dysfunction” In System Of A Down

During a recent interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” drummer John Dolmayan once again commented on the lack of new System Of A Down music and the internal struggles within the group. According to him, “there’s always been dysfunction” in the band.

Dolmayan said the following:

“The reality is none of us should have time to do other projects. We should be so focused on the band and working on the band and exploring our talents within it, making music that people can listen to within the confines of SYSTEM OF A DOWN that we shouldn’t have time for anything else. I shouldn’t have time to be here [giving this interview] right now.”

He also added the following about their inability to release new music:

“Why do marriages break up? Why do friendships that you’ve had for 20 years dissipate? It just happens. Especially when you’re talking about four individuals that are artistic-minded, you’re gonna have rifts.

“The bottom line is the bigger you get as a band, the more people tell you how great you are in the band and how your role is the most important role, and some people listen a little more than others and become enamored with their own ideas and kind of have to have an identity outside of the band, and other people don’t,” he continued. “That’s just the bottom line. And then you also have the natural progression of people where they tend to grow in their own ways. We have four very distinct members in SYSTEM… We’re very different — not better or worse; just different… So, I think it’s natural for some bands to do that and really just get in their own way. And that’s what I think we did.”

He continued after being asked if dysfunction has always been present in the band:

“I can’t speak on the original formation, because I was a late member — I’m the newest guy in the band. Three years [after the band formed], I joined. Yeah, there’s always been dysfunction. I was friends with the guys before I was in the band, and it was there then. But like everything else, the more money and fame you have, the more complicated it becomes. And I feel somehow you lose sight of that mentality that got you there, which is us versus them.

“I’m not the first person to say this. It’s the same thing that happens in every single band. It used to be us versus everybody: ‘We’ve got something to prove. We’re gonna get our music out there. We’re struggling. We’re broke. What are we gonna do with our lives if this doesn’t work out?’ And those types of challenges, that’s what makes the sword resolute; that’s what makes it strong. And then when you don’t have those things, you have to come up with different motivations to still have that fire. Otherwise you just become a greatest-hits band.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down Members Share Different Views On Bernie Sanders

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!!!”

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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.

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John Dolmayan On Failed New System Of A Down Album: “Nothing Is Finished Until All Four Members Are On It, And Serj Had Nothing To Do With It”

During a recent interview with Loudwire Nights, John Dolmayan addressed System Of A Down’s inability to release new music once again. Interestingly, the drummer also revealed that frontman Serj Tankian was not involved in past writing sessions for a potential album.

Dolmayan said the following when asked about bassist Shavo Odadjian previously claiming that the band “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done”:

“I don’t know if it’s the best thing we’ve ever written — we haven’t finished it,” John said. “Nobody can tell you that it’s the best thing we’ve ever written. First of all, what does that even mean? Until the record is finished and released — which I don’t think it ever will be at this point — but until it is, I don’t know how good it is or bad it is. We’re gonna do something that we’re proud of.

I guess what Shavo means by it is we’re extremely proud of the music, but, first of all, nothing is finished until all four members are on it, and Serj had nothing to do with it. He wasn’t at those rehearsals, he wasn’t in the process of bringing the songs in and working on ’em, writing them. These are just things we did in anticipation of the record happening, which never happened. But they are really good — I will tell you. A lot of potential in those songs.”

Despite his comments, it is worth noting that Tankian did write some new material for System Of A Down, but he was thinking about repurposing the tracks for a solo release.

Dolmayan also had the following to say after being asked if the band have considered group therapy:

“I think it was brought up back in 2006, but it never happened. It would probably help, just because you have somebody that has no motivation and no stake in the game and can look at things from an outside perspective. They’re also trained to figure things out and come to the bottom of feelings and all that. But I don’t see that happening either.

We’re a very stubborn and stupid band. And we don’t make decisions necessarily based on what’s best for everybody. There’s a lot of selfishness in this band. It’s the reality of being human beings, I guess, to a certain extent. So, no, I don’t see that happening. It’s unfortunate. I find it very unlikely that System Of A Down will ever record again. And as sad as that is to say, we never reached our potential, and I don’t think we ever will.”

Nevertheless, he still tried to be positive adding: “You never know what happens.”

[via Blabbermouth]