Seems like rock stars have figured out the source of the internet, Reddit. So recently there have been A LOT of rock-based AMAs, hell, even I did one a few weeks ago. But this story isn't about the Trent Reznor AMA, or my own, it's about "former" System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian's.
This week Serj jumped behind a keyboard in this AMA and the FIRST question responed to was
"Is it true that there's a new System of a Down record in the making?"
To which Serj quickly, and a little internet-tough-guyish, responded
"No, that is not true. A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments."
Now there were MANY other questions and answers, but this is the one that is sticking in a lot of people's craw. Mostly because this week, SOAD played ONE show in LA at the Hollywood Bowl, where after the show drummer John Dolmayan shouted to the crowd:
Also there was that little Facebook post from bassist Shavo Odadjian earlier this year (which has since been deleted) that blasted Serj saying
"It's Serj who doesn't want to do a new album!!! So please stop harassing us about it!!! We are just waiting for Serj! Now he might hate me for exposing the truth, but I had to..."
So with all of this info, what the hell is right, and what is wrong? I can't tell you for sure, but I can give you my hypothesis:
I think Serj is scared. After the lack of solo success, and the "lack of enthusiasm" for Scars on Broadway, I think he's afraid that a new System of a Down album would never live up to the hype and standards that they've built. The longer they go without a new album, the more the "legend" builds. They have left it on such a high note, that they run a big risk of putting out a mediocre album, and becoming just-another-band. I'm pretty confident in saying that.
Now why do I think this? Because you have multiple members of the band moving in one direction, and Serj being the only other guy to say "NO". Serj is clearly the hold-up, but he's still making music, so the passion is still there. He's still doing shows, so it's not a touring thing.
Again, I can't be 100% certain about WHY there's not a new SOAD album on the way, the only thing I can be 100% certain about, is that we WANT a new SOAD album.