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System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian On His New Rock EP: “For Me, It’s Not ‘Toxicity’ But It Is ‘Toxicity'”


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System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has spoken with Spin.com in a new interview that touches upon a number of topics, one of them being his new rock EP. He said of that outing:

“Originally I had these songs in mind for a System record if we were to end up doing a System record. But as we could not really see eye to eye on how to go forward with that I decided to finish them off myself and release them as an EP.”

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When asked later why the songs remind him of System Of A Down, he stated:

“I always have random rock tracks done at different times and I sit on them. And then one day the right project or right idea for releasing them will come along. They all have piano or synthesizers, which is a little different than the four-person crew with System, although we had some synths as well. It’s got stuff that’s really heavy, heavy and there’s a funny aspect and then there’s a song about my son.

It kind of runs the gauntlet on diversity of thematic expression: political, non-political. I guess that’s always been me, all over the place. I think I’m gonna call it ‘Elasticity‘ just because I wanted to do it with System and it didn’t happen.

For me, it’s not ‘Toxicity‘ but it is ‘Toxicity‘. [Laughs.] That’s what I’m thinking of calling it. I haven’t finalized it, but that’s what I’m thinking of calling it. We’ll probably put it out later this year.”

For now you can hear Tankian and Mindless Self Indulgence frontman Jimmy Urine as Fuktronic—a soundtrack album they released earlier this month for a fictitious British gangster film.

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