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System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian Debuts First Single From His New Project North Kingsley


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System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian has officially debuted his new project North Kingsley. The outfit dropped their first single, “Like That?” today, August 07th, with their debut EP, “Vol. 1“, set for a release next Friday on August 14th. The trio intend to release further 3-track ‘volumes’ over the coming months. Odadjian commented of that:

“We’re giving you songs you can marinade on, instead of 12 songs all at once. There’s going to be a clip for every song, something visually for you to vibe on. I directed videos for System, I do stage production visuals for the band so that’s important to me. Saro has an incredible eye for creating new things visually and I act almost how a producer would on that and we are going to drop merch with every release, so it’s more than just music.”

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Speaking further of the project, he offered:

“I love to collaborate. I love to hear my ideas come through other people. There is strength in numbers. Saro [Paparian] would make the beats, and I would play guitar and bass – and not in a way that you’d usually hear in rock. When Ray [Hawthorne] came in, he was very turned on to what’s going on socially and politically. They both know their way around the studio with what’s new and fresh. I played hard to get for a little while with them, but the vibe and what we were working on was so cool that it became the start of North Kingsley.”

As for the band’s sound, Odadjian stated:

“I’m known for playing metal but you can’t say it’s just metal – it has a lot of other influences in there. I did Achozen with RZA and that was straight hip-hop. North Kingsley is right in the middle. The kick and the hi-hats and the snare sounds punk. To me punk rock isn’t a style of music, it’s something you live. It’s a lifestyle and it means going against the grain and I heard that there, and we are putting it all together to create something exciting and new for today.”

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