Serj Tankian: Some fans are missing the point of System of A Down music.
In times where social issues are front and center in society, musicians often speak out about their views. Some fans appreciate that they use their platforms, others bash them, commanding them to "just stick to music." Serj Tankian gets both but he questions whether the anti-political System of a Down fans have paid attention to their lyrics at all as System of A Down have always been a politically charged band.
The vocalist addressed the matter in an interview on the "Side Jams with Bryan Reesman" podcast. "I've always explained music like pizza — some people like the crust, some people like the cheese, some people like the topping," Tankian began. "So when I get people on my socials that are, 'I love your music, but I don't wanna hear your political ideas,' that's fair enough — if they're nice enough.
"But what I don't understand, and a lot of other people that follow the music say the same thing," he continued. "They're, like, 'Have you not listened to the fucking words in 20 years? He's been saying all this stuff through his music all this time. What are you, just dancing to it because it's groovy? You're not really getting the message?'"