System Of A Down on reunion: ‘It took us 20 minutes to start a rehearsal’

Drummer John Dolmayan says: 'A band is a marriage'

System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has opened up about the band’s hiatus and their live comeback this year.

Speaking to, Dolmayan chatted about some of the reasons why the band went their seperate ways in 2006. He also claimed that things were fun and relaxed in his band’s camp now because they “don’t take things too seriously”.

Speaking of life in the band before the hiatus, he said: “There’s some really amazing things about being on the road, but there’s also a lot of sitting on buses, staring at walls. It can get really boring. I mean, you can only go to so many strip clubs.”

He added: “We all have our idiosyncrasies and things that irritate the shit out of each other. A band is a marriage, except that you don’t have one headache, you have three to four headaches and, on top of that, everyone having other people that influence each member. But look at us – we’ve been together longer than most marriages last.”

System Of A Down played their first comeback show on Tuesday (May 10) at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. Dolmayan said of the gig: “The other day it took us 20 minutes to start a rehearsal because we were all too busy laughing. I don’t even remember what was so funny, but that’s a sign that we don’t take things too seriously. We like to just get up there and play.”

The band are set to play a headline show at the UK’s Download Festival in June.