LOS ANGELES — System of a Down guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian has released Lives, a much-anticipated new track/video from his critically acclaimed band Scars on Broadway. The video, which was directed by Hayk Matevosyan, is about celebrating life in the face of tragedy.
Its release coincides with the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire, which saw the loss of 1.5 million lives. Though widely recognized as a genocide by most historians, the Turkish government denies it ever happened. As a member of Grammy winning band System Of A Down, Malakian, who is of Armenian descent, has lost family members and history to the Genocide and has worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. In 2015, Malakian and System Of A Down launched the “Wake Up The Souls” tour, a sold-out global trek that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Genocide and included the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square.
“The traditional Armenian folk dances and colorful costumes that you see in the video are an homage to Armenia’s rich history and culture,” says Malakian. “The song and the imagery in the video are meant to inspire pride among — and empower — the survivors of a historical tragedy.”
Lives is available on iTunes and Malakian is donating a portion of the song’s sales proceeds to Armenia Fund, a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to worldwide humanitarian aid.
“I want to help the innocent people currently caught in Azerbaijan’s ceasefire violations against the Republic of Artsakh and prevent another genocide against Armenians,” says Malakian.