Harry of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X conducted an interview with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian at SLIPKNOT‘s first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival whch took place on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below.
Tankian has a message for SYSTEM OF A DOWN fans waiting for a new album: don’t hold your breath. In an interview with Loudwire, Tankian explained, “We haven’t made plans of recording the new record as of yet. When we do, everyone will know. We haven’t really discussed another record as of now with any of the guys, really. It’s something that, when it’s the right time, we’ll do it. Right now I’m busy with my own stuff and that’s gonna take me a bit, but when it’s the right time, everyone will know. I don’t even want to say there’s [a new SYSTEM album] coming because we haven’t really talked about it.”
SYSTEM OF A DOWN last released new music in 2005 on the “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize” albums, going on hiatus the following year.
The band reunited in 2011 for touring purposes and launched a new run with DEFTONES last Thursday (August 2) in Philadelphia. The two acts pull into Washington D.C. on Tuesday (August 7).
Although rumors have circulated for years about animosity within the band, drummer John Dolmayan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the members of SYSTEM are still friends. “I think a part of it is people like drama, you know. They look for it, and they want drama involved, they want SYSTEM to have problems. There’s a lot of haters out there, let’s face it, and as much as the fans really want the band to get together just so that they can see and enjoy the music again, there’s also just as many people that would like to see us not getting along and, you know, no hope of reuniting.”
Tankian told Loudwire that SYSTEM‘s recent tours have been a “blast,” adding, “I think we’ve played better because of it. There was new excitement in playing together and all of the shows have been really great. Everyone’s told us that we sound better than we did in 2006 when we left off, so I think it’s great.”
Tankian‘s third solo album, “Harakiri”, debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard album chart last month, selling 12,000 copies in its first week of release.