SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian‘s long-dormant side project, SCARS ON BROADWAY, has release a brand new single. The track, titled “Lives”, marks the first new music from SCARS since the song “Fucking” came out in 2010. The band itself, now rebranded DARON MALAKIAN AND SCARS ON BROADWAY, has undergone a complete overhaul, with none of the members from the group’s 2008 debut — including SYSTEM drummer John Dolmayan — appearing on the new song.
Malakian explained the personnel changes in an online post, saying: “Nobody quit. When I first started SCARS, I always said that it would be different lineups from album to album. Depends on the type of direction I want to take. Different musicians work for different styles. That is partly why I added my name in front of the band’s.”
Malakian told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he likes to write music in as many different styles as possible. “I never considered myself as being someone who just plays heavy metal or just plays rock,” he said. “I’m interested in so many different kinds of styles that purposely, I really want it all to come out in my style, and I think all those different styles make up my style. And so I’m not afraid to go into a little bit of direction that’s not what’s expected of me, I guess.”
SCARS ON BROADWAY has just the one LP to its credit so far and last performed in 2012 as the opening act for DEFTONES in Los Angeles.
The group has only played live sporadically over the years: a headlining trek in 2008 was canceled, with Malakian citing his lack of enthusiasm and “his heart not being into touring” as the chief reasons behind the decision.
The guitarist later explained that he thought it was “almost too soon” for him to go on the road after SYSTEM OF A DOWN went on hiatus in 2006, also citing issues in his personal life that “made it impossible” for him to tour.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN, which has toured intermittently since ending its hiatus in 2011, has some shows coming up this spring but has not released new music in 12 years.