Some band frontmen use their hiatus to shack up in a some faraway villa and take a full-on sabbatical from the studio. Then there’s people like Serj Takian, who uses the extended time to feed his creative juices in the form of solo work. The frontman of System of a Down releases Imperfect Harmonies today — the second solo album since the band took its hiatus some four-plus years ago, and he’s quite please with the end result. “It fuses electronic beats and sounds with a full legato orchestra,” he explained.
The new album, like his previous effort, Elect the Dead, is also filled with his signature political rage, as well as angst, hope, and everything else in between. And it seems the videos off the new album will follow other Tankian gems in that they’re mind-numbingly stunning. Take the video for the first single, “Left of Center,” for example, in which a near claymation world gets skewed. I spoke with Tankian recently and asked him about the new album, touring, and how he felt performing in his homeland.