Serj Tankian on possible new System Of A Down album: “It’s gotta be organic”

He also said that "there’s no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records"

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has once again played down the prospect of any new music emerging from the band in the near future, reasoning that any music-making process that the band might adopt needs to “be organic”.

System’s last studio project was their 2005 double album set, ‘Mesmerize’ and ‘Hypnotize’. There has been plenty of talk from the members of the band about new music in the 13 years since, with guitarist Daron Malakian telling NME recently that “everyone [in System] is not on the same page”.

Tankian has now voiced a similar view in a new joint interview for Forbes with Incubus singer Brandon Boyd, who asked the frontman whether System were working on any new music.


“No,” Tankian replied. “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 then remarked “when the time is right you will,” to which Tankian replied: “If the time is right.”

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“It’s gotta be organic, it’s gotta feel right in every way,” Tankian added. “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.”


Tankian also reasoned that “maybe” the members of the band are “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,” he said. “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.”