He’s planning to drop an EP full of tracks that were originally written for the band, but ended up on the shelf due to creative differences.
“Originally I had these songs in mind for a System record if we were to end up doing a System record,” he explained in a recent chat with Spin. “But as we could not really see eye to eye on how to go forward with that I decided to finish them off myself and release them as an EP.”
Describing the sound of the upcoming tracks, Tankian laughed: “For me, it’s not Toxicity but it is Toxicity.
“…I think I’m gonna call it Elasticity just because I wanted to do it with System and it didn’t happen.”
He continued: “[The tracks] all have piano or synthesisers, which is a little different than the four-person crew with System, although we had some synths as well. It’s got stuff that’s really heavy, heavy and there’s a funny aspect and then there’s a song about my son. It kind of runs the gauntlet on diversity of thematic expression: political, non-political. I guess that’s always been me, all over the place.
“We’ll probably put it out later this year.”
All of a sudden 2020 ain’t looking so bad after all .