One of the most unconventional frontmen in rock, System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian emerges as a solo artist with his debut album Elect The Dead. System Of A Down, whose five genre-bending studio albums have sold over 16 million copies, went on an extended hiatus in August 2006. Since then, Tankian has been holed up in his home studio in Los Angeles writing, recording, and producing Elect The Dead. It is an album that showcases the writing and arranging prowess of a man best known for his inimitable vocals, incisive lyrics, and unwavering dedication to humanitarian causes.
Says Tankian: “Making Elect The Dead, I felt the exact same energy as I did recording System’s debut in 1998, that sense of open experimentation, the idea that – œWow, I’m actually doing thisÃ¢â‚¬Â¦’ I was living, eating, and shitting this music every day. I’d wake up in the morning and the thought of working on a song was so powerful I couldn’t focus on anything else.”
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1967 to Armenian parents during tumultuous political times, Tankian lived in Beirut until 1975 when his family emigrated to Los Angeles. A graduate of Marketing & Business from California State University, Tankian was running his own business developing Propriety Vertical Industry Modular Accounting Software (surely a first for a budding rock star?) when in 1995 he co-founded System Of A Down with three friends from the Armenian-American community.
Over the next ten years, System rose to become one of the most inventive hard rock bands of their generation Ã¢â‚¬” a band with a conscience, a message, and a desire to constantly evolve. Tankian’s contributions included not only the confrontational and often cryptic lyrics, but also a unique singing voice heavily inspired by growing up listening to his father sing traditional Armenian music. Tankian sings in a cadence like no other: An abrasive, paint-stripping, pulpit-bashing roar one moment, a maudlin lament the next.
Having achieved their goals, the members of System Of A Down decided to pursue their own projects. Tankian continued his work with Axis Of Justice Ã¢â‚¬” the grass-roots activist organization he launched with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello Ã¢â‚¬” and nurtured his own Serjical Strike Records. He also lent his vocal and remix skills to a number of artists, ranging from Tool and Deftones to Wu Tang Clan and Notorious B.I.G., and published a book of poetry, Cool Gardens (2002), which remains a best-selling poetry collection. In 2003, he recorded a pan-international sounding album with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Arto TunÃƒÂ§boyacÃ„Â±yan, under the name SerArt.
It should, by now, be pretty obvious that Serj Tankian is not your typical frontman.
ELECT THE DEAD will be released in Australia on October 27 2007 through Warner.
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Check out the new streamable tracks available online on Fasterlouder from Serj Tankian, taken from his solo album 'Elect the Dead'.
We've just uploaded a stack of new tracks from Serj Tankian's new album Elect the Dead for your listening pleasure.
We've got our hands on tracks from Serj Tankian's new album, Elect the Dead...and thanks to the crew at Warner we can stream these tracks for you so that you can get a sneak peek of what's on offer before you hand over your hard earned... Enjoy!