System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian forms new band North Kingsley

The bassist promises "music coming soon"

Shavo Odadjian new band North Kingsley
Shavo Odadjian, photo by Amy Harris

As the years go by with no new music from System of a Down, bassist Shavo Odadjian is taking matters into his own hands by forming the new band North Kingsley.

Odadjian, who has been outspoken about his frustration over System of a Down’s lack of musical production, announced on his Instagram over the weekend that he had a new band. “I am proud to announce my new project @northkingsley. Music coming soon!!!”

The bassist, who has his own cannabis company 22 Red, talked further about the music project in a recent interview with Marijuana Retail Report. He explained the band name North Kingsley, saying, “When I moved from Armenia to LA, I moved to North Kingsley drive. That was my street, that’s where I grew up and I saw everything there.”

He added, “I started skateboarding there. I witnessed homelessness, the poor, you know, I noticed gangs. I learned about friendship. I saw sex there — there were prostitutes. I grew up there, so it means a lot to me. So when I say that name, that’s my growth, how I became who I am, you know?”

(Read: Shavo Odadjian Says SOAD Has Material That Tops Everything We’ve Done)

Odadjian actually alluded to the new band when Heavy Consequence interviewed him more than a year ago. “I’m actually working on one main project right now,” he told us in December 2018. “The way it happened is that I got together with these two guys, really cool young guys in their late 20s, early 30s … It’s bass-driven hip-hop, but I can’t really explain it.”

During that same conversation, Odadjian expressed his frustration at System not putting out an album since 2005, “It’s weird that we don’t have a new record, or many records,” he told us. “We have [new] material that tops everything we’ve done. And that’s me telling you, honestly. I can’t wait to record that and drop it.”

For now, it doesn’t look likely that System of a Down will hit the studio anytime soon. However, they do have a run of 2020 European dates scheduled for June and July.