Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Serj Tankian's hara-kiri


Serj Tankian
System Of A Down front man Serj Tankian is putting the finishing touches on his third solo studio album, Harakiri, the follow-up to 2010's Imperfect Harmonies. Music-news.com reports that much of the new record was written in 2011, which was an incredibly busy year for the diversely talented musician and what Serj describes as "the busiest, most productive year of my life so far. The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, NZ were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbour's property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was," says Tankian. "Within five days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record." He also tried to approach writing a little differently this time around. "I used the Apple iPad as a song writing instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record. We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results."

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