Via a new interview with Metal Injection, band frontman Serj Tankian has expressed interest in creating a new System of a Down album. While the band has released some new music in recent years, the last System of a Down albums we got came out in 2005 (when the band released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize).
When asked about the future of the band and the possibility of there being new music, this is what Serj had to say:
“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.”
The System of a Down frontman was also asked about the idea of a Toxicity anniversary tour (and touring in general); but whereas the idea of a new album seems to excite him, largescale touring doesn’t seem to be as appealing.
“Toxicity by itself is too short to play as a set. Right, so that’s one. But second is that I have, you know, based on my health issues and kind of redundancy in doing the same thing over and over again in terms of touring, it’s something I’m not very interested in doing at this time. Not just for System, for my own stuff, for orchestra or solo stuff. I just haven’t been touring. I also had back surgery last year.
“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.”
All that being said, in that same interview, Serj did say that he’d be down for one-off and smaller shows. But there you have it folks – there is still a chance that we may get a new System of a Down album in the future!
Recently, Serj did say that the band would be making some kind of announcement in the future – so maybe that’s a new record? Maybe some one-off shows? Only time will tell!