| October 22, 2007|
Serjical Strike Records
Lie Lie Live
22 October 2007
| The Pass Los Angeles, CA|
Alternative metal, Alternative rock, Nu metal
Echo Award for Best International Newcomer
Serj Tankian albums, Nu metal albums
Elect the Dead is the debut album by rock musician Serj Tankian, lead singer and founding member of Armenian-American metal quartet System of a Down. It was released on October 22, 2007. Alongside Tankian appears Armenian-American coloratura Ani Maldjian, drummers John Dolmayan from System of a Down and B. Brain Mantia of Primus and Guns N' Roses, Dan Monti on guitars, as well as a string section featuring Antonio Pontarelli.
The initial single from the album was a 2-track promo including "Empty Walls" and "The Unthinking Majority", released on September 10. Tankian immediately appeared on MTV's "You Rock The Deuce" program. Meanwhile, a music-video of "Feed Us" was released in Sweden and on UK MTV. The album was released October 22, 2007, and opened at #4 with 66,000 USA units sold according to the Billboard 200 trade listing. By September 2010 the album had sold 319,000 copies total.
Music-videos of the album's songs were each filmed by discrete directors. Tankian revealed: "I asked each of the directors for their visual interpretation of my work. They were asked not to write treatments and that they could make whatever they liked. The results have been overwhelmingly amazing". Initially some videos were released as 'limited edition' premiums. All videos were later freely offered on Tankian's website and his YouTube channel. Some of these "official videos" were alternate versions released one version at a time- suggesting incrementally evolving narrative.
Collectible versions of the album include an instrumental disk offered by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records; and the "final master" from Reprise intended for specific journalists and reviewers. That embargoed disk was labeled "Smart Talk" [a coded reference to the artist's own name]. Previously an undated, un-mastered 'Smart Talk' promo featured these same 'final versions' of the songs; but the sequence of tracks ten and eleven was juxtaposed.
Tankian stated that some of these songs were new, and others had developed earlier. An acoustic version of "Blue" was released on the album's 'special edition bonus disc'. The original version appeared on System Of A Down's fourth demo tape but had not been recorded otherwise.
An Elect the Dead tour commenced October 12, 2007 at Chicago's Vic Theater. Tankian cautioned fans this production featured a new band The F.C.C. (aka Flying Cunts of Chaos) which was not promoting the System of a Down material. They did however perform "Charades"- written with System bandmate Daron Malakian. A recording of this tour titled Elect the Dead Symphony was released February 23, 2010 in the USA.
All tracks written by Serj Tankian.All Songs Written & Performed by Serj Tankian (guitars, bass, piano, vocals, synthesizers, drum programming, melodica, bells, and various tone generating beauties) - Stunning Suppository Sounds (BMI)
All songs recorded at Serjical Strike Studios
Produced by Serj Tankian
Engineered by Dan Monti & Serj Tankian
Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios in New York, NY
A&R Craig Aaronson & George Tonikian
Original Artwork Provided by Sako Shahinian
Album Packaging Design by Sako Shahinian
Digipack Album Packaging Design by Keith Aazami
Photography by Greg Watermann
Worldwide Management Dave Holmes and Darin Harmon
Booking (US) Don Muller at CAA
Booking (Europe) Emma Banks at CAA
Legal Don Passman and Gene Salomon at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.
Business Management David Weise at DW & Associates
1Empty Walls3:49Elect the Dead Wikipedia
2The Unthinking Majority3:47