Towards the tail end of last year, System of a Down announced plans to reunite for a special European tour this April. Dubbed the “Wake Up the Souls” tour, the jaunt coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Now, according to a new interview with frontman Serj Tankian, it looks as though the SoCal rockers will not only hit the road this year, but may also hit the studio to begin working on their long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album.
In the interview, Tankian revealed that “there has been talk” in regards to a new album and that he has written new songs potentially for System of the Down. “I have a few that could apply, but I’m not sure until the time comes where I can actually play them for the guys and see if it’s something that vibes off them,” he told Rolling Stone.
That time may come sooner than later, as the band regroups in just a few months for “Wake Up the Souls”. Following the seven-day outing, Tankian says they’ll decide whether they have any new material worth recording. “And we are going to play this tour, come back and we’re going to see where we are. If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron [Malakian, guitar] has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven’t made any particular plans that we can announce.”
Below, revisit System of a Down’s full performance at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas festival in December.