Serj Tankian, the visionary frontman for multi-platinum rock band System Of A Down, has set a date to release his debut solo album, entitled Elect The Dead, which will be released on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on October 23rd.
Known for his work with hard-rock agitators SOAD, Tankian says he had no clue he was about to make a rock record when he began to record at his home studio in Los Angeles last summer. "I was writing more traditional type songs on my piano and acoustic guitar, with a classical, almost operatic flavor; and lo and behold, it ended up being a rock record. Funny what happens when you add distorted guitars and drums," he says. "There are political songs, funny songs, love songs, songs about painful experiences, vanity, and the environment. It has a deep melancholy that runs from the personal to the global, with a glimmer of hope in the solidarity of spirit."
Here are same video and audio links for you to check out. There are songs from the upcoming album, Elect the Dead.
Here's a funny interview piece where Serj interviews himself and plays all the characters in-between.
He has a tour planned for October. For some select dates, he'll be joined by Fair to Midland and Tom Morello. Dates are below.
You can buy tickets here.
12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
14 - Toronto, Ontario - Guvernment
15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
17 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
18 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
20 - Atlanta, GA - The Roxy
22 - Dallas. TX - Granada Theatre
25 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
27 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
28 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Right now, you can visit his MySpace page to hear another track off the album called "Saving Us."
There is also information about select theater listening parties where people can see the music videos for all 12 songs off the album. Details can be found here.