Singer Serj Tankian has discussed the motives behind System of a Down’s decision to reunite for two new songs. These are Protect the Land and Genocidal Humanoidz and have received a mixed reception from the band’s fanbase.
Tankian made the statements while speaking to Hawaii Public Radio. The singer says that the group’s decision to put their creative differences aside came from a desire to lend support to Armenia.
All of the members of SOAD are of Armenian descent and formed in Glendale, California. Armenia has been involved in a military conflict with neighboring country Azerbaijan. A ceasefire has been called since the release of the songs.
The singer also confirmed the online rumor that the idea for two songs came from the group’s guitarist Daron Malakian. Tankian, however, says that all of the band’s members were involved in developing the ideas brought by Malakian to the table.
The singer does not exclude future collaborations between SOAD’s group members. He says that the response to the songs has exceeded expectations. The band would like to continue using the platform afforded to them by their fame to spread awareness over their political message.