My favorite band is System of a Down. (I've already lost some of you.)
It was late, about two in the morning, and it was freezing so I wrapped a blanket around myself as I sat on my bedroom floor. I was preparing my next speech for class and blasting the album Hypnotize as I typed it up. I remember playing Tentative over and over helped me as I had a lot on my mind. That was the night I first thought to myself, "I think System of a Down just became my favorite band."
I'm amazed out how clearly I remember that night.
I have to be honest. There have been times when I laughed while listening to their songs. Whether it be the lyrics or sometimes the timing, no doubt have they made me crack up before. It doesn't come from a lack of talent or skill, in fact it's just the opposite. It's intentional. I love that they're willing to be free with they're music, sometimes I think people need to lighten up a bit. A true artist can make you feel at peace, cry, and laugh all in one song. System of a Down doesn't worry about what other people think and that's helped me realize, maybe I don't need to either.
They're Respectful Of Their Fans
Fans will ask them the meanings of their songs all of the time, usually they respond by telling them to interpret it their own way. What do you think it means? They recognize that their fans are human too. I think a lot of bands make the mistake of thinking of their fans as one large group. Yes it's a group, but its a group made of individuals. System of a Down is very personal and they respect their fans by challenging them to ask questions about they're identity and beliefs.
They're Heavily Rhythmic
Being a musician, I've noticed there's generally two types of people in the music world: those that value rhythm most, and those that value melodies most. Don't get me wrong, we hear it all. But for some, the rhythm will make or break a song. For others it's the melody. I happen to be one of those rhythm people and it shows even when I'm playing. Perhaps its a result of the mentors that I've surrounded myself with - they too seem to be heavily rhythmic - but it's possible I'm just wired that way. The guitarist of System of a Down, Daron Malakian (who also writes their songs) is very rhythmic: The drums are my favorite instrument... I have like a drummer's mind you could say, but I'm not a physical drummer.
I have many of memories associated with this band's music - good and bad. That's a huge reason I love them so much. They've made a big impact on my life and there's no doubt they'll always hold a special place in my mind