Serj Tankian: Now Ready To Do A System Of A Down Record
The internet lost its collective shit a little yesterday when Serj Tankian said System Of A Down had some big announcement to make in early 2023. Naturally, people jumped to the two most obvious conclusions – a tour or there will finally be a new record.
In an interview with Metal Injection, Tankian plainly stated that he’s not interested in doing a tour at this point and would totally do a new album “when the opportunity comes up.” So we’re not saying there’s a new album announcement on the way, but I mean… the chances aren’t zero anymore, right?
Yeah, I personally focus on the latter because it’s always a compliment [to be asked about a new System of a Down record]. It’s kind of like someone saying, I mean, I don’t know. If you’re an architect and you design this incredible museum and everyone comes back to you and says, ‘when are you going to do a museum again?’ And you’re working on, I don’t know, industrial projects at this point or whatever, but you’re like, oh yeah, I’m grateful that you like that design. That’s rad, you know? And I guess when the opportunity comes up to do a museum again, I’ll do a museum again and that’s exactly what it is.
On the topic of touring, Tankian said he’s got “certain health issues” that make it difficult to get out on the road at this point.
I’ve got certain issues that I’m getting over that are health issues that are affecting my mobility. I mean, I walk fine and I’m able to do stuff and I could perform. But the travel of a tour really, really affects me at this point. That and, to be honest with you, it’s not in my creative purview, you know? So a show here and there we’ve done and might still do. But as far as doing a specific thing, it’s not really something where I’m at right now.
This is in line with what we’ve seen from the band in recent years anyway, so it’s not surprising there’s a reason behind the sporadic live appearances. But still we have to ask – new System Of A Down when?