Tankian recently spoke to Shelli Sonstein of Q104.3’s Sonstein Sunday program, saying he spent the majority of the pandemic in New Zealand and has since returned to Los Angeles. He said the pandemic really screwed up a lot of his plans, as it did for everyone else, but managed to make the most of his time at home.
"We live between New Zealand and the U.S. I’m in the U.S. now, but we were in New Zealand the majority of the time during the pandemic in 2020. The New Zealand government handed it incredibly well, and therefore it was pretty much back to normal in a few months there. They’re having a small recurrence now with a few cases, but they know what they’re doing. Then [we] came back to L.A. later in the year last year.
"The pandemic, like everyone else, it was devastating [for me] in many ways. I had 22 concerts with System, two film openings, two art installation openings — all got canceled. But I used the time to finish new music, which was good, as an artist. So we’re releasing this EP called Elasticity with five rock songs on March 19th as part of that. And I have some other music coming up later in the year down the line."
Tankian has historically been pretty against moving forward with new System of a Down music, but recently appears to have been warming up to the idea. So maybe that's in our post-pandemic future as well?