Tankian Rips Trump: ‘Never Seen a President Suck So Much C**k’

In the final days of a presidency, it’s not uncommon for leaders to push through their final bits of legislation to leave a stamp on their time in office. However, a recently signed agreement between the U.S. and Turkey has System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian quite steamed!

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a press release announcing an agreement between the U.S. and Turkey that would protect Turkish cultural property.

“This agreement is an example of the United States enduring work with Turkey to combat cultural property trafficking and to preserve heritage items by allowing the U.S. to establish import restrictions on certain categories of Turkey’s cultural property. The agreement also gives U.S. law enforcement the ability to repatriate trafficked cultural objects back to Turkey while fostering the interchange of Turkish cultural heritage with U.S. institutions,” reads part of the press release.

As pointed out by the Armenian National Committee of America, the agreement could have a disastrous impact by giving Turkey legal rights over the vast religio-cultural heritage of the region’s indigenous peoples and other minority populations. Among those populations are Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, Jews and Kurds. The move was opposed by ANCA, the Hellenic American Leadership Council and IDC (In Defense of Christians).

System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian, who has long fought for recognition of the Armenian genocide at the hands of Turkey and joined with his bandmates last fall to bring attention to continuing Turkish aggression in the Artsakh region, was less diplomatic than ANCA when voicing his displeasure of the agreement.

“Thanks Trump. In your last minute you decided to grant Turkey my people’s indigenous cultural heritage including ancient churches and stone crosses as a reward for them trying to exterminate us,” stated Tankian before finishing with the scorching, “Never seen a president suck so much cock.

It should be noted that the initial press release about the agreement issued by the State Department is currently turning up an error page.

ANCA has encouraged those who wish to share their concerns about the agreement to write the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at: [email protected]

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Serj Tankian ‘Truth to Power’ Trailer + Screening Date Revealed

Throughout his career, the message has remained clear. System of a Down‘s Serj Tankian has used his platform as the singer of a popular rock and metal band to bring attention to the crimes of the Armenian genocide and shine a light on corruption in politics and the desire for social justice through music. Now Tankian’s continued activism is at the center of a new film, Truth to Power, that is set to arrive in February.

A new trailer for the film has arrived, featuring a mix of interviews, performance footage and news footage showcasing some of the reasons Tankian has continued to fight his fight against corrupt governments over the years. The documentary also features an original soundtrack composed by Tankian that features a mix of his solo work as well as several iconic System of a Down tracks.

The passion by the singer not only for his music but for the right to be able to share his message comes through. At one point in the trailer, Tankian addresses a concert crowd stating, “It’s our responsibility to tell you these things and rock you at the same time.”

Tankian shares his story, while longtime friends and musical associates Rick Rubin and Tom Morello also have a chance to add to the narrative within the film.

Truth to Power was written, directed and produced by Garin Hovannisian, with Tankian also serving as a producer on the film. It will arrive in virtual cinemas and select theaters on Feb. 19. Check out the trailer and poster for Truth to Power below.

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Truth to Power Trailer

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System of a Down: ‘If We’re on the Same Page, We Can Continue’

While 2020 brought forth a lot of negatives, one great thing that happened last year was System of a Down releasing their first new music in 15 years. The band worked up and released the new songs “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” as a way to address the ongoing war in Artsakh. In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, singer Serj Tankian shares how thrilled he was with how the songs came together and suggested the possibility that they could continue creatively so long as everyone is on the same page.

It has been well documented that the group reunited in the studio a few years back but ended the sessions citing philosophical differences as their reason for not pushing forward with a new album. The creative disagreements however haven’t kept the group from playing shows in recent years and continuing the group’s presence in the live setting. While it appeared that hope had been dashed for new music, the band surprised fans with the new songs in 2020 that came as the result of a united vision and designed goal.

Reflecting on the experience, singer Serj Tankian stated, “Obviously, we have songs that are not necessarily socio-political and are fun and, and, and all sorts of stuff. I think when we have done this, we’ve done it really well. This time, it’s exceptional in that sense, not to praise us or anything like that. The fact that we used it exactly, we used it as a weapon, unapologetically, and that’s what it should’ve been.”

He added, “I’m really proud of what we’ve done. It felt really great. The future is unseen. We will see what happens. The vibe is very positive. As long as we’re on the same page, we can continue doing stuff, if we’re on the same page.”

Revisiting a bit of the divide that had kept them from a presence in more than a touring capacity, Tankian reiterated that it was philosophical differences and not personal that kept things stalled.

He explained, “For me personally, it has become harder and harder to tour physically. The actual … the shows are the best. I wish I could just play shows in the same place. But the travel gets gets to you physically and body and we’re not getting younger. That kind of a thing, that’s a part of it for me, to be honest. But I totally love touring.”

He added, “When it comes to the actual creation part, it’s not personal, just as you stated, Zane. It’s philosophical. It’s the way you see things and see the way you see the music going forward, what it means to you, what System of a Down might mean to you. There has been a discrepancy in that. But that obviously didn’t stop us from jumping on board for doing something for our people, which is beautiful. I don’t know what else to say. I think that’s that’s where it’s at.”

Tankian is joined in the chat by bassist Shavo Odadjian as the pair not only reflect on their new music and the reasons for it but also take a trip back in time to discuss one of their biggest songs, “Chop Suey.” Watch the chat in full with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in the player below.

System of a Down’s Serj Tankian + Shavo Odadjian Talk With Apple Music’s Zane Lowe

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Tom Morello + Serj Tankian Salute Andy Gill on Gang of Four Cover

As teased last year, System of a Down‘s Serj Tankian and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello have united in their shared love and respect of Gang of Four vocalist Andy Gill to cover Gang of Four’s “Natural’s Not in It” for an upcoming tribute album.

The set is titled The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four which is expected later this year. A full track listing for the collection along with the artists involved will be revealed on Jan. 14, but for now the Axis of Justice pals are giving the set the high profile introduction it deserves.

“Natural’s Not In It” first came to attention on Gang of Four’s 1979 debut album Entertainment!

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played,” Morello said in a statement provided to Spin, who premiered the cover. “His band Gang of Four were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me.”

“It was a real pleasure to work on this track with Tom and honor the legacy of Andy and Gang of Four at the same time,” Tankian added.

Gill was one of the many great musicians we lost in 2020. The vocalist died on February 1, 2020 after a short respiratory illness and it was later suspected that he was among the first victims of Covid-19.

“Andy loved what Tom and Serj did with this song, the fierceness of their attack and the jet-engine scream of feedback,” says Gill’s widow, Catherine Mayer. “This was a track Andy always enjoyed performing. He said their version brilliantly captured all the explosive, danceable energy ‘Natural’s Not In It’ can create in live performance.”

Take a listen to the song right here and look for the track hitting streaming services tomorrow (Jan. 8). You can pre-save via the platform of your choosing here.

Tom Morello + Serj Tankian, ‘Natural’s Not in It” (Gang of Four Cover)

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