The apparent slow progress of the next album from Scars On Broadway appears to have been intentional. Band vocalist/guitarist Daron Malakian tells “Revolver” in their latest issue that outing has been a completely solo undertaking—one which he has intentionally been trying not to hype up.
Along with handling the production duties by himself, he also taken to playing all of the instruments in the studio, including the drums (drummer John Dolmayan confirmed his departure from the group earlier this year.)
Malakian said of the lack of updates and his decision to go it alone: “It was just this secret, personal thing I wanted to do for myself. I didn’t want there to be any hype behind it.”
“I could have just recorded music and put it out under my own name. But I actually want to tour these songs and get behind them. And I was ready to do another Scars On Broadway record. I’ve just been going with the flow, and the flow’s taken me here.”
Malakian expects to have the as-yet untitled album out in early 2013. When asked about how he knows when a song would fit the System Of A Down or Scars On Broadway mold, he replied:
“It’s a little tough. Because there are some things that would work for either band. But right now System is just playing live. To get that band back together in the studio means getting four different guys back together, and I don’t know when that will happen. But, let’s just say I do have some ‘rainy day’ songs just in case.”