A few weeks ago, bassist Shavo Odadjian spoke out candidly on his Facebook page about his System of a Down bandmate Serj Tankian, claiming that he was the reason for the band’s recent lack of new material. Tankian spoke to Artist Direct this week, and when asked about the statements said: “Of course, we have a lot of fans and people interested in getting a record sooner rather than later. Things take time though. Everyone has a life and has to have the right frame of mind to make a record at the same time… I've been touring with SYSTEM, The FCC, and orchestras around the world. I haven't stopped. There hasn't been much time off. I want to make sure I have time for myself and my family."
He continued: "Only the four of us can decide what SYSTEM means. I know the fans agree that's what SYSTEM is, and that's amazing. I can't write a forced record. It's like romancing someone at a time you don't want to be romantic. It's not even a choice. We've enjoyed touring a lot. All of the tours have been well received. We play really tightly — probably better than we ever have. It's been cool.
"A new record requires three years. It's not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I'll be down to do it.
'You can't take orders. We're not making pizza. [laughs] You can't do it on anyone else's timeframe.”