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John Dolmayan On System Of A Down’s Inactivity: “We’re Turning Into The Fucking Eagles Now”


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System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has been one of the more vocal proponents of the band getting back into the studio in recent years. His desire for new creative output from the group has yet to subside, as he had much to say to Loudwire of that. When asked if band had an positive outlook while touring last year, he replied:

“It didn’t start that way. When we decided to get back together, it was weird. It wasn’t a comfortable feeling in the beginning. I can equate it to if you’ve ever had difficulties with a girlfriend and you guys took some time off from each other, when you get back together there’s that elation that you’re back together, but there’s also a little bit of fear, you know? Is it going to work? Is it going to be fun? Will it be the same? Is there going to be resentment?

It took a long time to get past that, I’d say months. As we played more and more shows, it became more and more fun. Those feelings started to subside. I feel like this band still has a lot of issues, things we just have to work out. I’m not really happy with where the band is right now. I think that it’s been way too long since we’ve made an album and I’ve kind of had enough of the mentality of “that’s okay.” It’s not okay.”

When asked if he was the one who wanted to make an album the most, he offered:

“I’m not sure if I’m the member who wants it the most. It’s probably true about [me] being the most vocal about wanting it. For me, there’s no ego involved. I don’t write songs, so I’m not worried about who’s going to write the song. I’m just ready. You just give me the canvas so I can paint on it, that’s how I look at it. So it’s easier for me, but look, there’s a lot of emotions involved with being an artist; there’s a lot of emotions involved to being a songwriter; and there’s a lot of fear involved with anything that you haven’t done in a long time. To go in together and work together? We’re different people. 2005 was the last time we were in the studio together. That’s what, nine years ago?… We’re turning into the fucking Eagles now. 15 years are gonna go by before we make a new album. [Laughs] For me, it’s irritating. But I do the best I can to understand that there’s a lot to be worked through in order to make something great and if it isn’t fantastic, there’s no reason for us to do it.”

There still appears to be apprehension between with certain members of the band however as Dolmayan said of the groups various live shows last year:

“It certainly helped. It broke down a lot of barriers, it thawed a lot of ice, but there are still some mentalities that are irritating that we can’t seem to get past or haven’t been able to get past at this point. Hopefully with more communication, which we’ve been doing more and more, we’ll be able to break down those barriers and get back to what we’re supposed to be doing, which is making music.”

He later continued:

“It always seems like it’s on the cusp of happening, but there’s also some personal reasons we haven’t started yet. We could have started already, but we chose not to for personal reasons that I’m not at liberty to discuss right now. It’s positive stuff, that’s all I can say at the moment. We could have very easily have been in the studio as you and I are speaking right now, but for something very positive, we couldn’t. Let’s just leave it at that. Let people surmise what that means.”

Last year band bassist Shavo Odadjian singled out frontman Serj Tankian as the one holding the group back from getting into the studio. Those statements were later rebuffed by the outfit however. Tankian did later confirm though that he didn’t have the time for a proper album cycle.

Dolmayan is currently running a Kickstarter to crowdfund his new covers project, These Grey Men.

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