Serj Tankian previews new song while speaking in support for Armenia

Serj Tankian 23/04/2018

Serj Tankian, who actually lives here in New Zealand, is one of the world's most famous Armenians. He's recently posted a video addressing the Armenian situation (and previewing some new music).

If you're not in the loop with Armenian politics, last Tuesday, the Armenian Parliament appointed a new Prime Minister, Servh Sargsyan, a bloke who served as President for ten years, and has a bad reputation for corruption and clinging to power.

Now, the ex-Soviet nation is facing serious civil dispute, with tens of thousands protesting, oppostion politicians being detained and shit getting real ugly. 

Serj Tankian has responded with a politically charged video and a preview of his unreleased track 'Electric Yerevan' (Yerevan is the capital of Armenia). 

It seems like the brutal police crackdown with water cannons and beating up people including journalists has predictably brought more people out into the streets of Yerevan today


Serj captioned the video: 

"It seems like the issue of my presence in Armenia is causing quite a stir. 

I apologize for that although I truly had nothing to do with it. The youth on the street are the only ones I trust with Armenia's future and my sites should be the only place you trust regarding my moves. I recorded this video last night. It's dedicated to you, Armenia's peaceful resistance."

He wrote a lot in Armenian, then added these final thoughts in English: 

"It seems like the brutal police crackdown with water cannons and beating up people including journalists has predictably brought more people out into the streets of Yerevan today. This was a peaceful sit in. The police had the right to clear it and legally detain people without using undue force. The situation should not be politicized by foreign media or governments. This is a non-political reaction to an endemic economic marginalization of a large segment of the Armenian populace. The government of Armenia should make every effort to ameliorate the economic suffering of its citizens."
 
'Electric Yereven' has an ubpeat vibe for the System of the Down frontman, but is deeply political (of course). Have a listen in the video above and check out the partial lyrcis below.

Partial lyrics from "Electric Yerevan" song:

We don't want to be the bitch of any superpowers
Color revolutions fade
We want cheap power
Electric, electric, electric
Electric Yerevan

We say no to corruption
and no to plunder
Billionaire playgrounds are going under
Electric, electric, electric
Electric Yerevan

Brutal police crackdown
With water cannons
Serve to irrigate the seeds of discontent and malcontent
Civil disobedience
Working like a charm

We don't want to be the bitch of any superpowers
Color revolutions fade
We want cheap power
Electric, electric, electric
Electric Yerevan