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System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian On John Dolmayan: “I Love And Respect John Very Much, But I Don’t Love And Respect His American Political Views”


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By now, System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan‘s differing views when it comes to American politics have been well-documented. While tensions between the bandmates and brothers-in-law (Dolmayan is married to the sister of Tankian‘s wife) seemingly flared over the summer, Tankian would later issue a statement outlining his personal respect for Dolmayan, smoothing over what from the outside appeared to be a bit of a feud.

Months removed from that, Tankian, who skews left, and Dolmayan, who leans heavily right while also dabbling in some potential conspiracy theories, found common ground. Together with System Of A Down they raised awareness and aid for the Armenian people of Artsakh impacted by the Nagorno-Karabakh war that took place last year. That cause saw System Of A Down unite to release two benefit tracks, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, while ending the band’s 15-year drought of new music.

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While Tankian and Dolmayan are mostly aligned when it comes to Armenian political interests, the pair remain diametrically opposed when it comes to politics in the United States. Speaking recently with Consequence Of Sound regarding that divide, Tankian stated:

“We’re very good friends, we’re family, and he’s my drummer in my band, so of course we’ve talked about many, many different things, including political views. When you don’t agree with someone after a while about a certain topic … look, it doesn’t mean that we don’t agree about other stuff.

We agree a lot about Armenian stuff, for example, a lot about family stuff, a lot of other things, a lot of personal stuff. But when it comes to American politics, we happen to be on the polar opposite ends of it, and we’re both very passionate and vehement about our views, which is fine.”

“I love and respect John very much, but I don’t love and respect his American political views. And that’s fine. And I can live with that and he can live with that because we respect and care for each other. And it’s really just that. Have we talked about it? Yeah. But do we talk about it often? No, because there comes a point where when you don’t see eye to eye on something, you just rather talk about something else.”

A documentary on Tankian dubbed ‘Truth To Power‘ highlighting his life in music and social activism was recently released, while a new EP titled “Elasticity” will be out on March 19th.

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