System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has been very vocal about the lack of new music from the band and the reasoning behind it. In a recent interview with Forbes, Tankian opened up about the possibility of new music stating, “It’s gotta feel right.”
A lengthy Facebook post from Tankian last month explained why System Of A Down have not released new music and detailed how he wanted to leave the band in 2006.
“I wanted to leave the band before Mezmerize/Hypnotize for these developing reasons,” Tankian wrote.”This is why I personally don’t feel as close to the music on those records. There were songs I wanted to bring in but was hampered by unkept promises coupled by my own passivity at the time.”
SOAD have remained pretty quiet since then, at least until Tankian sat down with Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd in a joint interview with Forbes.com to discuss the matter a bit further.
Boyd: “Are you guys working on new music?”
Boyd: “That’s cool though.”
Tankian: “I don’t know if it is or isn’t. But it is what it is. The new music thing, there’s a lot of press going back and forth and I recently made a statement online, on Facebook, explaining the whole hiatus and took responsibility for it.”
Boyd: “When the time is right you will.”
Tankian: “If the time is right.”
Boyd: “You never want to put pressure on those kinds of processes. A little bit like, ‘Be brilliant now. Now!'”
Tankian: “It’s gotta be organic, it’s gotta feel right in every way. But also there’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records. Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it’s probably regressive thinking.”
Boyd: “It’s true, if you feel vital, if it feels like you guys need to be together in a room then absolutely. And if it doesn’t then you shouldn’t force the issue.”
Tankian also added:
“We really enjoy it. That’s the thing, over all these years, maybe we’re better friends because we haven’t made a record in 12 years. I think creating the record brings a lot of these intricate personality complex into writing, to the surface. But when we’re playing live we’re like, ‘Hey, how have you been? I haven’t seen you in a couple of months. How’s the family?’ And we have fun, we’re out there. It’s like playing basketball together playing a live show together. There’s no brain thing going on, it’s just enjoying it and doing it. That’s why we have a lot of fun. And we’ve become better friends because of it. Over the years touring here and there, a month here, two months. We’ve become better friends and closer with each other because of it.”
You can ready the full interview with Tankian and Boyd here.
While the band has put a pause on recording new music, it doesn’t seem that they are against touring with each other.
System Of A Down announced a few months ago that they will be heading out some headlining dates with At The Drive-In and Skeleton Witch this October. Check out the full list of dates below.
— System of a Down (@systemofadown) April 9, 2018
10/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/17 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
10/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena