System of a Down and Scars On Broadway guitarist Daron Malakian shared an update on the band’s current status and concern for their lack of studio activity, telling Revolver Magazine during a recent interview:
“System still plays live, and there was always this talk of maybe we’ll do something, maybe we won’t do something.
“So I was like, ‘Maybe I should save these songs.’ That’s the biggest reason why I took so long to release these songs [with Scars on Broadway]. There was this constant chatter amongst ourselves of maybe doing an album together.
“But enough time has passed that I don’t want to wait anymore. It feels really good to let these songs loose. Honestly, almost anything that I write works for either band. What you’re hearing [in the music] is my writing style. Anything that I write usually comes with those flavors.”
Does that mean there won’t ever be another System of a Down record?
“I couldn’t say ever, but as of right now, it’s not looking like we’re doing something together soon. I can’t close the book on it and say it’s done forever. We still play live. We’re all still friends. All my band members posted [recent Scars on Broadway single ‘Lives’] on their own Facebooks and Instagrams, so we’re all very supportive of each other.
“It’s more a combination of where each person is at a different point in their life, and each person wants to do a different thing. There are some creative differences as well on what direction each one of us wants to take the next System album, if that ever happens. Which is fine. I’m not sitting here upset or anything.
“The only thing I’m a little frustrated with was waiting for that to maybe happen or not happen. Too much time has passed by since I’ve released anything with Scars or System. But it’s never too late.”