Wait. Am I missing something here?
A hiatus is basically a fancy way of saying break up, no? Unless hiatus is like seeing other people. You agree with your lady or dude that you’re gonna stop fucking, and maybe fuck around with some other people with the hope of getting back together at some point down the line.
Sort of a “If its meant to be, it will be” situation.
“Well, it was not really a reunion. We never said we were broken up; we were on a hiatus. We shouldn’t have even said anything,” says Shavo. “There’s a lot of bands that don’t release an album every year. There’s a lot of bands that take three, four or five years off here and there, but they don’t say ‘hiatus,’ so no one really notices it. They just anticipate the next record.
“Well, we just mentioned it, we said it, so it seemed like a breakup, but it really wasn’t,” Shavo says. “It was just that we wanted to do something different for awhile and then come back and hang out again and be friends again.”
Yeah…because the guys who aren’t Serj have been super busy lately. I could see why they’d want to stop System of a Down at their height to do nothing. Yeah, that makes sense.
“There’s a lot of misconception. That’s why I get tired of the ‘come-back-together’ Twitters I get and messages I get. Because we are together. Like, enough with it. We’re just not making an album right now — that’s all. That doesn’t mean we’re broken up. Just because we’re making other albums with other people doesn’t mean that we’re broken up. We’ve been a band since 1993. I don’t think we’re ever gonna be broken up.
“Whatever happens, we’re always gonna be together. We can go [for five years without doing anything with the band] and then come back and play shows and maybe make a record, maybe not — who knows? Maybe make ten records. Maybe tour for five years. I don’t know. I’m just saying we’re just good friends that are in a band together, and we’ve grown to a level where we now wanna do whatever we wanna do. And I hope everybody understands that. But we’ll never break up. . . I’m one of the most, like, ‘wanting-to-tour’ guys in the band. Actually, the three of us [Shavo, guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan] really wanna tour a lot more and do a lot more. [But] Serj [Tankian, vocals] has got a lot on his plate right now, which is cool.”
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