Serj Tankian (Armenian: Սերժ Թանգեան; born August 21, 1967) is an Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the rock band System of a Down. During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as three solo albums Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies and Harakiri. A live orchestral version of Elect the Dead incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony was released. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records.
1. IT’S PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL MATTERS THAT HAVE LED US TO WHERE WE ARE MUSICALLY.
2. PRETENDING THAT WE LIVE DOESN’T MAKE US ALIVE.
3. IT WAS KIND OF LUCK OR DESTINY THAT IT ENDED UP THIS WAY.
4. THOSE THAT HAVE PRESCRIBED THE SOLUTION THROUGH THE GOOD FELLING OF THE MUSIC ITSELF, LIKE THE BEATLES AND BOB MARLEY AND BOB DYLAN.
5. THERE’S A COMMONALITY THERE, A COMMON DENOMINATOR CULTURALLY.
6. THE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS IN THE PRISON SYSTEM, PRISON SYSTEM, HAS DOUBLED SINCE 1985.
7. THIS TRACK’S PRETTY MELLOW IN COMPARISON TO LET’S SAY A ‘B.Y.O.B.’ OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT,… BUT I’M GLAD WE’RE GOING OUT WITH THIS TRACK. IT’S BEAUTIFUL SONG.
8. THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST LIVE VIDEO PER SE,… WE’VE HAD VIDEOS WHERE WE’VE HAD FANS AND WE PLAYED LIVE, BUT IT’S NEVER BEEN AT A VENUE THAT WE ACTUALLY PLAY.
9. WE FOUGHT YOUR WARS WITH ALL OUR HEARTS
YOU’VE SENT US BACK IN BODY PARTS
YOU TOOK OUR WILLS WITH THE TRUTH YOU STOLE
WE OFFER PRAYERS FOR YOUR LONG LOST SOUL.
10. FORGIVNESS IS THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
ELOQUENCE BELONGS, TO THE CONQUEROR.
11. PEOPLE THINK OUR MUSIC’S VERY AGGRESSIVE OR ANGRY OR WHATEVER, AND IT’S JUST THE OPPOSITE, REALLY,… I LIKE LAUGHING. AND I LIKE BEING REALLY CALM BEFORE A SHOW, AND SMILEY.
12. CIVILIZATION IS A FAILURE. WE NEED TO THINK WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER IN LOVE AND PEACE.
13. SOCIETY’S A FUCKING FAILURE.
14. I’D RATHER LET THE MUSIC SPEAK FOR ITSELF.
15. IT’S ALL IN HIS HANDS, HE’S THE MAN.
16. CIVILIZATION IS A FAILURE. WE NEED TO THINK WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER IN LOVE AND PEACE.