We always thought being a rockstar meant avoiding situations like having your boss tell you what you can or can’t post on Facebook but System Of A Down‘s Shavo Odadjian is proving otherwise, with the bassist being publicly pulled up on his accusation that frontman Serj Tankian is preventing the band from making a new album.
Odajian took his obvious frustration to his personal Facebook page, telling fans:
“We’re trying to get a new album out, it’s just not passing Serj’s rules! Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he’s holding us back!! I think we should should release another album again??? As for me.. I’m ready to release one with someone who wants to be the singer of System, not someone we have to beg to be a part of System!!
“I don’t want to make a record without him… but if he’s not down? Should the three of us just sit and wait?? Not cool!!!!!!!! I want the fans from all over the world, including Brazil, to tell us what they think. No System? Or System with a new singer who’s just as good, if not better? PLUS new System songs and tours???? Please give me your opinion, people!!! Is System better with no singer or someone who is excited to be our new singer?? You decide… ’cause I’m confused!!!”
The post was promptly deleted and the band released this statement on their official Facebook page:
“Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone. To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron, Shavo and John will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new SOAD music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans.”
There’s long been talk of disharmony in the SOAD camp. The nu-metal legends last released new music in 2005 before going on a hiatus. They reformed for touring purposes in 2010 and rumours about new music have been flying thick and fast since, with Tankian being rather elusive about the possibility, drummer Dolmayan promising a new record by 2014 and then the whole thing seeming unlikely with the announcement of Tankian’s new solo records.
It’s all looking a bit dramaticus right now. Here at Music Feeds, we’re just going to throw on Toxicity, belt out the lyrics to Chop Suey and pretend it’s 2001 and again until we hear some good news.