Serj Tankian Reveals Bad News For System of a Down Fans: ‘Screw Vocals, I’m Tired Of It’

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian was asked in a new interview with Expert magazine if he finds it hard, as an outstanding singer, to write scores without vocals. “Screw vocals,” he responded. “I’m tired of it.

“During a conversation with a friend yesterday, I came up with an idea: before we started making music, I was mainly known as a poet and vocalist,” he continued. “I wrote poetry every day. It was what I did constantly, what made me release two poetry books. In fact, I came to music from words.

“I wrote so many lyrics that it stopped to be interesting. Not because there is nothing I want to talk or sing about. Sure, there are topics I don’t want to write lyrics to, but at least I can pull out some new emotions out of it.”

“Poetry is always something that opens yourself up and supports self-determination,” he added. “I just did it for too long. Now I am more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music.”

Tankian has been rumored to be the one System of a Down member holding out on recording a new album, despite the band having been reunited since 2011.

Tankian recently said. “As far as a System record, there’s nothing in the plans right now,” he said. “It’s something that we’ll do down the line when it’s the right time. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now on my own, and trying to get all those releases out and work on them. But we’ve really been enjoying playing together on tour and having a blast, and I think our performance is actually better than it’s ever been in our heyday.”