SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian, who has often taken the role as a political activist in addition to his many musical endeavors, has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election. He told Billboard.com: “When you have TV personalities running for office, then it becomes a bit surreal, doesn’t it? I think Bernie [Sanders] is the most human out of them. [It] seems like his personal and voting record as a senator have been well aligned. So that is a good thing. But the rest of them are not very inspiring, as an American, in terms of politics or as a musician, in terms of creating. There’s a lot of stupidity, a lot of playing to the lowest common denominator that we’ve seen. You would think that with the advent of communication via the Internet, social media, that our populace would be getting smarter and that our leaders would be getting smarter and that our communique and our foreign policy and the way that we deal with the world is getting smarter. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case and that makes the lineup of the presidential elections extra disappointing.”
He continued: “It’s scary because these elections are not just watched by us in the U.S., but by the world. When I was in New Zealand, people would always come and ask me. For them our elections are like a visit to the zoo; they’re so curious. ‘Why are they being this way? That’s so interesting.’ And not offensive at all; very curious. But people are, like, ‘Wow, your politics are really very dramatic and very interesting.”
On April 22, Tankian will release his first full film score, the soundtrack to the film “1915”, a project released last year to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN last released new music in 2005 with the “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize” albums, but started to tour again in 2011.