According to The Pulse of Radio, Serj Tankian will release his second solo album, “Imperfect Harmonies”, on September 21, but still has nothing to report on the SYSTEM front since the band went on hiatus four years ago. “Shavo [Odadjian, bassist] got married like two months ago, we were all at his wedding, and you know, we all talk, we’re friends, nothing’s changed, and we get offers to play shows, tours, whatever, and we discuss them once in a while,” Serj said. “We have not made any decisions as of yet as to what we’re gonna do. But when we do, it’ll be quite obvious.”
(A short audio clip of Serj Tankian talking to The Pulse of Radio about SYSTEM OF A DOWN’s current status is available at this location [Real Media].)
Meanwhile, Odadjian himself said in a new interview with Hustler magazine that SYSTEM went on an “indefinite break” to save the band from splitting up permanently.
Odadjian explained, “We won a Grammy and we had two number one records. We were making a lot of loot [money]. Then some people within the group of four brothers started seeing things differently . . . and their actions made the reactions of others pretty unbrotherly-like.”
The bass player added, “All of a sudden band members are having problems financially. . . . [and] fighting about, ‘I want my style of music to be this and that.’ I love them. They’re my brothers, but I couldn’t see my brothers digging into each other’s pockets and killing each other’s artistic creativity.”
Odadjian said that the band members vowed to come back “when we again have the hunger and the fire in our eyes that we did when we started SYSTEM OF A DOWN.”