SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Clarify Bassist's Statements About Serj Tankian2013-05-21
System Of A Down's bassist Shavo Odadjian has recently released a string of comments on his Facebook page referring to Serj Tankian as the source of the delay in System Of A Down's work on a new album thus holding the band back. The group has now released an official statement clarifying that what Shavo Odadjian had said does not reflect what they feel as a collective band.
Band's official statement: "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."
The original string of comments on Shavo's page which were taken down: "Ok... I'll come clean... It's not us (meaning Daron,John Or Shavo!! It's Sej, who doesn' want to do a new album!!!! so please stop harassing us about it!!! We are just waiting for SERJ! Now He might hate me for exposing the truth but I Had too.. Sorry folks!!! 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 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!! So with that in mind, what do you guys w should do? Just remember, he's been holding us back for 7 years so far... wanna wait another $-5 years? or shall we release a record without Serj? u tell us?"
"I don't want to make a record without him... but if he's not down? should the 3 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 with a new singer who's just as good if not better? PLUS new System songs and tours???? please give me ur opinion people!!! is SYSTEM better with no singer or someone who is excited to be our new singer?? you decide.. cause I'm confused!"
"No diss to Serj.. If he wants to be in the band then he's welcome but if he's not? what do you expect us 3 to do?? we really want another System Record! wish Serj was down but if he's not, then I'm going ahead and making a System record without him!!! I'm furious that he let us down like this, but we gotta do something to keep this great band alive!!! Agreed?"
The band's latest albums were released in 2005, Mezmerize and Hypnotize.