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 revealed that he his planning to release the effort in February. The EP, which is titled “Elasticity,” was originally set to be released this fall, but the frontman delayed it to focus on raising awareness about the Nagorno-Karabakh war by releasing two new songs with System Of A Down.
Tankian told Rolling Stone the following:
“‘Elasticity’, the songs on that EP were written many years back. When I wrote them, the original concept, for me, was, ‘What rock songs can come out of me right now that I can possibly work with System on?’ So the intention was, actually, to sit down, and I’ve played them for the [other] guys [in System], and we even kind of messed around with some of ’em, and whatnot. And, obviously, we were unable to see eye-to-eye on continuing the future recordings of System, except for, obviously, these two songs for the cause that we’ve done, and that was before — obviously, a couple of years before. So these songs, I decided to finish them myself and release them. And they are really interesting and beautiful songs — going from really heavy type of System-esque type of music to really beautiful, ballady — including pianos and string arrangements and stuff like that. So, it’s quite diverse for just five songs. And thematically, it’s quite diverse as well — a song about terrorism; a song about protests in Armenia years ago; a song about my son Rumi, kind of also cut with the poet Rumi, in a way — it’s an homage to the poet Rumi and his namesake, basically, in a way. And a few other pieces. So it’s kind of all around the place, as everything I do is.”
He also added:
“[The EP] was supposed to come out in October, but when the war started, and when we decided to put out two songs with System, that took priority for me. And I just called the record company that we’re working with and just said, ‘We need to push this. Can we make this work?’ And they were very cool about it.”