Serj Tankian is simply days faraway from the discharge of his eclectic and artsy EP Perplex Cities, but information relating to his band System of a Down is beginning to swirl. Whereas information broke yesterday that System was plotting some form of announcement in 2023, Steel Injection’s personal latest interview with Tankian simply final week could dampen hopes of a full-scale System of a Down tour.
When probed as as to whether Tankian would entertain the thought of an anniversary tour to have fun System of a Down‘s landmark album Toxicity (or fellow latest anniversary document Steal This Album!), Tankian appeared apprehensive, and downright towards the thought of a large-scale tour of any type within the quick future.
“Toxicity by itself is simply too quick to play as a set. Proper, in order that’s one. However second is that I’ve, you realize, based mostly on my well being points and form of redundancy in doing the identical factor again and again by way of touring, it is one thing I am not very focused on doing at the moment. Not only for System, for my very own stuff, for orchestra or solo stuff. I simply have not been touring. I additionally had again surgical procedure final yr.
“I’ve received sure points that I am getting over which are well being points which are affecting my mobility. I imply, I stroll superb and I can do stuff and I might carry out. However the journey of a tour actually, actually impacts me at this level. That and, to be trustworthy with you, it is not in my artistic purview, you realize? So a present right here and there we have achieved and would possibly nonetheless do. However so far as doing a particular factor, it is not likely one thing the place I am at proper now.”
And whereas the profession musician and tireless artist did appear to slam a short lived door shut on massive excursions of any kind, he was a lot hotter to the thought of one-off, or small scale points of interest.
“Whenever you’re doing a full tour, these first two or three reveals are actually thrilling, you realize? As a result of you have not toured shortly and also you’re enjoying the units. You are on the market and also you’re shifting round and then you definitely received the identical set on the fourth present, fifth present, sixth present. By the tenth present, it is fucking, what’s that film? The Invoice Murray one? Groundhog Day. You already know, it turns into Groundhog Day. And you continue to have enjoyable as a result of it is a completely different viewers, completely different metropolis and all that, nevertheless it turns into a bit computerized, mechanical, a bit. And to me, that is redundant artistically. Having one present that is in a particular place, achieved in a particular manner, is extra attention-grabbing.”
As to the way forward for System of a Down, and large-looming questions on a brand new album or music of any type, Tankian remained cryptic, but slyly optimistic.
“Yeah, I personally give attention to the latter as a result of it is all the time a praise [to be asked about a new System of a Down record]. It is form of like somebody saying, I imply, I do not know. For those who’re an architect and also you design this unimaginable museum and everybody comes again to you and says, ‘when are you going to do a museum once more?’ And also you’re engaged on, I do not know, industrial tasks at this level or no matter, however you are like, oh yeah, I am grateful that you simply like that design. That is rad, you realize? And I assume when the chance comes as much as do a museum once more, I am going to do a museum once more and that is precisely what it’s.”
Hold a watch out for our full interview with Tankian quickly, and take a look at his newest single “Forgive Me Father” from the Perplex Cities EP beneath (accessible right here)!
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