System of a Down’s Serj Tankian has discussed working with the band’s drummer John Dolmayan, saying that “a good band always has a lot of dynamics”.
“The political differences became pronounced between John [Dolmayan] and I in the last year through Trump’s re-election campaign, but it’s a new phenomenon,” he said.
“John’s my brother-in-law, as well as my bandmate. Find someone who doesn’t have a brother-in-law with a differing political view, and I’ll find you an interesting family.”
He continued: “Some of the bands that create the most elastic, interesting music are ones that have very interesting dynamics between band members. I wouldn’t change that.
“It’s better than four people making what I call ‘corporate music’ where they agree on everything and want to maximise their returns. That’s Pepsi. System Of A Down has never been that. We’re fucking punk rock.”
Meanwhile, System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian shared his own strong political views recently when he commented on a video of a drum cover of ‘B.Y.O.B.’ which used firearms as percussion.
The video was created by ‘GunDrummer’, who is known for using firearms like pistols, machine guns and rifles to create beats.
“Another great performance from GunDrummer. Guns are essential tools for self defense!!!!!!,” Malakian wrote.
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