SCARS ON BROADWAY, the new rock band featuring SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, will release its self-titled debut album on July 29.
As opposed to SOAD, SCARS ON BROADWAY is "driven more by rock than it is by metal, even though there might be some metal overtones there," Malakian told Billboard.com earlier this week. "I see it more as a rock band."
While drawing influence from early punk bands, along with heroes like DAVID BOWIE and THE BEATLES, Malakian made a conscious attempt to maintain his songwriting style without delving too much into the SOAD back catalog.
"I was trying to keep my identity but not copy past work," he said. "I'm proud of everything that I've done with SYSTEM, but right now I'm focusing on moving forward with SCARS."
Malakian recently told Revolver magazine that SCARS ON BROADWAY is his first priority right now and he doesn't see a return to SYSTEM any time soon. Malakian explained, "SYSTEM is not my band right now. I'll go back and do that someday. I'd expect a second SCARS album before I'd expect another SYSTEM album." That could mean a long wait for SYSTEM fans, since SCARS ON BROADWAY has yet to finish recording its debut album or set a release date. The last SYSTEM CD, "Hypnotize", came out in late 2005.
SYSTEM drummer John Dolmayan, who also plays in SCARS ON BROADWAY, told The Pulse of Radio he understands fans being concerned over SYSTEM's future. "The SYSTEM issue is gonna come up forever," he said. "It's unavoidable because people really like the band and they want to see the band working, making albums and touring. The only thing I would ask of our fans is just be a little bit patient. We are in a phase of our lives where we need to do something different so that we can come back to SYSTEM renewed and refreshed. That's not gonna take 15 years. We don't know exactly how many years it'll take. When we're ready, we'll get back into it."
SYSTEM vocalist Serj Tankian released his debut solo effort, "Elect the Dead", last October through Reprise Records.