"It actually feels like an entirely new band," says Daron Malakian About Scars on Broadway, his new project. "Sometimes we tell people only:` Hey, we're Scars on Broadway 'And then respond: `Oh, that does not say nichts.' me brings us however absolutely no problem," he adds with a laugh.
Sounds confusing? Now, with her band System of a Down have Malakian and his bandmate John Dolmayan known to be a platinum album after another published -, plus they are already on countless festivals - five pieces there, including three in the US even went to the top of the album charts were occurred as a headliner and have played all over the world to sell out crowds. Briefly: System of a Down are about ten years the epitome of alternative metal. Malakian relies, as regards, still not on these successes Scars on Broadway: "To say,` Hey, I'm Daron abfahren' of System of a Down, and so you will also all on this new project, that would be me honestly . never occurred to "that he nothing else taken for granted, as regards the release of their debut album of the same name, is need to be seen to be on the current success of the first Scars single" "would," They Say when I the piece had heard on the radio for the first time, felt at that, as if it would be the first song ever to me on the radio runs. Honestly. That was really awesome. "
Malakian and Dolmayan enjoy working on their new project clearly; you can tell them that they necessarily want to prove themselves anew. When speaking to them on mood, both acknowledge that it. After a decade in which they dominated the alternative-metal world, simply something else wanted to try to avoid stepping on the spot Over the first two Scars concerts, the performance at the Coachella Valley Music Festival by the LA Times as "one of the hottest highlights of the festival" was designated, reported Dolmayan: "In these two performances a energy was in the air, as I already have long not felt. That was a damn intense and very, very good feeling, because with System of a Down we were already at a point where you simply presupposes that the people coming to the shows and go off on our sound. On top of that we played old songs [with System] mostly, eventually the fans want to hear the classics at a concert in the first place. With Scars we hand still no old songs, and we need the audience with each new piece of Persuasion and fOr us inspire. I think that's great, because I like it when you have fOr one thing really fight and give everything. "
"With System of a Down, it was usually the case that we came on stage and just assumed that the audience calls our band name; so it was always, so we took it sometime hardly notice, "adds Malakian added. "But then we played with Scars on Broadway shows with Metallica in Arizona, and suddenly people called our new name. It feels incredibly new and exciting because everything that has happened in the last ten years, suddenly no longer counts and we can no longer take for granted. With Scars comes back more life to the place. "
That their project feels like a complete new start, in the case of Malakian particularly understandable: Although he was already responsible for System of a Down for guitar parts and partly for the music, but instead occurs for the first time with Scars on Broadway spotlight and presents itself as a frontman. The foundation for this step he had while working on the "Hypnotize" - and "Mesmerize" albums of System of a Down down, because then bubbled ideas formally out of it: "When I was just on the songs fOr` Mesmerize 'and `Hypnotize' worked, I experimented alongside much with electronic sounds around with things that do not actually fit on a system album. The songs were more melodic and had more classic rock elements, "he says. "And thus the foundation for Scars on Broadway was then actually already laid."
While Malakian and Dolmayan with their eponymous debut album showcase quite also aggressive and punchy songs - particularly "serious", the first track of the record, and the aptly titled "Exploding / Reloading", both songs that their punk roots clearly to contact the fore - there are, for example, tracks like "Whoring Streets", in which they combine hard rock and blues elements. Even more significant for the more melodic and softer alignment but are pieces like "Funny", a knotless pop / rock number that incredibly catchy "World Long Gone" and of course "They Say", the first single.
FOr Dolmayan, an avowed Beatles fan, because he whose melodies estimates, the realignment with Scars on Broadway turned out to be a welcome change: "I just stand up melodies," he says. "In addition, to Darons compositions have greatly evolved over the past decade, and this maturation process will continue of course in the future. Gradually, his songs have become more melodic - that is something for which I could always inspire ".
With Scars on Broadway he could finally live other things and retire as a drummer into new territory: "It all went like clockwork. It is perfect if you can take very different songs and still unite all under one band name. In the end it was an album that almost like three different albums feels, and yet there is this certain something that combines the songs and makes them a unit. Regarding my drumming, it feels really just to: I can totally different approach to the songs, but the overall result is still all of a piece, because the melodies are so strong that they hold everything together. "
When speaking Malakian on the melodic orientation of the LP, so he reports that he has been inspired from the great songwriters of the last decades: "I've heard a lot of pop from the sixties and a lot of material from songwriters of the seventies. I am, for example, an absolute fan of The Kinks, The Beatles, The Zombies and Neil Young, "he explains. "And even if you can not get to hear directly, I am convinced that a piece is like` clearly influenced 3005' by Neil Young. "
However, it is enough to songs like the worn-theatrical and Zappa reminiscent "Chemicals", "Babylon", an oblique intersection of punk and Cossack folk, or "Cute Mechanics" whose new-wave impact, according to Malakian in previous concerts like a bomb is stamped, to listen, to recognize that the two have no case thrown despite all the classic tunes the experiment abstract spirit of system of a down overboard. Certainly enjoy Malakian and Dolmayan the challenge so represents a new beginning, but it's still not dismissed out of hand that the spirit of System of a Down resonates here: aggression is simply too deeply rooted in them; it is too important a part of their identity as a musician.
Scars on Broadway, after all, a project about the Malakian speaks openly since 2005, have continually evolved to what they are today. A very important point was to find the right musicians to complete the band. But things were only really rolling, as Dolmayan joined them. "I love John's drumming, I know him very well as people, so I called him at some point, and he was immediately there. From this point, the project began to take shape. "
"We generally put insanely great importance that the band members are not only versed musically, because personally it just has to be right between us. The chemistry is absolutely crucial: It must be a community that almost feels like a family. This family mentality we have, and we have always had added "adds Dolmayan.
Although Scars on Broadway now existed for three years, her album will be released only now, largely because of the fact that Malakian is convinced firmly that music should set the pace, rather than be dictated to by deadlines and publication plans, the pace of work " There are people who just go to the studio and say: `Hey, this week let's set up a Album.'", he starts. "I can not work that way because I just am too moody for. To me it happens to be very important that reflect different moods and feelings in the songs. That's why I prefer to take things a bit slower: I sit back, am thinking about my life and let these impressions quite naturally flow into the songs that I'm working. Forcing wants and I can nothing there. "
Among the moods and whims that Malakian has recorded in the past few months, there is one that certainly many people share with him, frustration and disappointment. "Regardless of whether it is a harder or a softer piece rather, what is it all together welded into a unit the basic mood and a certain frustration, shines through again and again in the song and the lyrics," he explains. Whence comes this feeling? "The disappointment relates equally to personal matters and global developments that merge into one another. Strictly speaking, the world is but a single Mindfuck, it is full of contradictions! You turn the news and already you see a blonde beauty that you casually presents some bad news - for example, that the suicide rate in Iraq has risen again. There are an infinite variety of things that you have to handle as a man these days, so it surprises me not that many no longer know what they are supposed to think or feel. For that reason there are so many people who suffer from depression, stress and anxiety. "
As for the music, Dolmayan and Malakian act with her Scars project emotionally exceedingly strengthened. When asked about it, how it feels to hear the finished LP, reported Dolmayan that he's just incredibly proud: "It feels as if your own child is just grown up and successfully brought the school behind Has. You are responsible for the education, have to give anything that he or she is a good person, and you have to help to take the step to independence and to stand on its own eventually your child. So similar that feels even with our songs. "
And what does Malakian? "I have a feeling that Scars on Broadway is a further development and an increase, when compared with what was earlier - ie with System of a Down. John sees it that way, and now when I listen to it our songs, then it feels just damn good and properly. There are songs that had to appear right now and in this form. "
He is sure that it is the people go Similarly, when you hear Scars on Broadway for the first time: "I can not wait; People must simply listen to these songs, because I am firmly convinced of it that I have rarely received such good material, "he concludes. "I'm really on what we have done with so proud of this record."
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