Still buzzing from witnessing the greatness that is System Of A Down at Soundwave 2012? Me too. But this may, or may not be the news you want to hear.
In a recent interview with Billboard.com SOAD frontman Serj Tankian has taken the opportunity to address rumours of the band revoking their lengthy recording hiatus, given what appeared to be a glorious return to the international touring circuit.
“When people are asking, ‘When can we get new music from you,’ I think it’s the biggest compliment in the world,” says Tankian. “We have not made a plan to do it as of yet. I think it’s something that we’ll get together at the right time when we all have that head space and do it. But, you know, it hasn’t been that time yet, so I think everyone will know when it is. It’s as simple as that.”
The band has not released an album since the legendary Mesmerize and Hypnotize; both date back to 2005. Tankian himself has not gone silent, however, with the release of his third solo album Harakiri on the horizon.
Interestingly enough, drummer John Dolmayan, when interviewed by Brazilian publication Multishow for Rock In Rio Festival had something similar to say, pointing out the band’s concerns with going back to the past. “…For the people who are waiting for an album — I know there’s a lot of people waiting for an album, I’m waiting for an album just like they are. It’s gonna happen when it’s right and when we can make something that tops what we’ve done in the past, because we don’t really wanna rest on our laurels — where what you’ve done in the past is what you depend on. Well, I don’t wanna do that, and I know the rest of the guys don’t wanna do that. Instead of resting on our laurels, we wanna throw them away and create something new and specific for this generation that they can say that’s their System Of A Down.”
It appears the band is as confused about their recording future as the fans are, though without a specific ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, I say we keep our hopes high.