Serj Tankian Talks New Solo LP

Serj Tankian

In 2007, wild-eyed System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian broke out on his own and released Elect the Dead, which was an intimate, straight-ahead rock disc that sounded nothing like SOAD, beyond Tankian’s vocals. In fact, back then, before the album was even in stores, Tankian was talking to me about album numero dos.

Three years later, what Serj told me back then is apparently true: his next album, Imperfect Harmonies, comes out on September 7 and incorporates elements from other genres, beyond rock and metal. It even features programming by Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self-Indulgence.

“I made rock records for so many years, with System of a Down, and Elect the Dead, and I wanted to create something different for myself,” Tankian tells the folks at “Elect the Dead was more of a straight rock record, done layer by layer. On [Imperfect Harmonies] I threw everything at the wall and then started taking things out, which is the first time I’ve done that. It created a whole different sound for me. It was a good departure.”

The record includes electronic elements as well as orchestral sections that all blend together to create a sound uniquely Serj.

”On a lot of rock records you hear the orchestra in back; it’s kind of buried so that the guitars and drums can dominate the frequency,” Tankian explained. “I didn’t want to do that here. I wanted it to be a fair balance, so my guitars are the orchestra in this case. I didn’t use a lot of guitars on this record, but I made the orchestra rock. I made them go wild.”


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