Enter the Boyd: Incubus Singer Talks New Album, Environment
Incubus have just finished recording their brand-new album, and singer Brandon Boyd says he can’t wait for fans to hear the Brendan O’Brien-produced disc. “I think it’s really gonna appeal to the people who’ve been following us a long time. It’s continuing on our long and winding road of sharing art with people,” Boyd said in a recent chat with Noisecreep. “I’m very excited for people to hear it.”
While Boyd is confident that Incubus fans will be as psyched about the new record as he is, the singer pointed out that the album also marks the start of a new chapter for the band. “This new record that we’re finishing right now is different from anything that we’ve done,” he said. “It’s like that next phase. We’re gonna kind of challenge our fans with this one, but I’m excited about that. I think that’s what needs to happen.”
As Boyd pointed out, earlier Incubus records reflected where the band members were at particular points in their lives. “The first full-length album, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.,’ was very telling of where we were artistically when we were 19, 20 years old. That’s when we wrote and recorded that album. Then a few years later, we recorded ‘Make Yourself,’ which was very much a breakthrough record for us,” he says. “‘Make Yourself’ we wrote from a very pure place, very telling of where we were at that moment.”
“I just turned 35 in February. The past couple of years were, I’ll just say, educational,” the singer continued. “I went through pretty weird and wild health scares where my body was kind of shutting down in certain ways. I went through a great deal of physical pain, and the way I decided to look at it was sort of a late rite of passage. As a result, a lot of the lyrics on this record have been dealing a lot with pain and transcendence.”
“As we get older, whether you’re a man or a woman, as you move into your mid-30′s and beyond, you start noticing how not invincible you are,” Boyd said. “You start to really kind of understand the true nature of your fallibility, of your ability to break and break down. What I’ve been trying to do is filter a lot of those things into songwriting. It’s made for some good songwriting, I think.”
Another issue that greatly affects Boyd is the environment. A devout surfer and visual artist, Boyd has combined his passions for a new line of t-shirts for surf wear company Hurley. Featuring designs Boyd created from sketches and water colors, the t-shirts will be on sale starting April 25 on Hurley.com and in the store Buckle. Proceeds from the shirts will go to charity.
“[The t-shirt project] was born of a kind of long, fun, very natural relationship with all the people at Hurley,” Boyd explained. “I did this series of drawings surrounding the issue of single-use plastics and how kind of outdated, unsustainable, and dangerous [they are].”
“I’m sure I’ll be speaking about it with people as Incubus starts to go out there and actively share new music with people. This dilemma [of] trying to keep our oceans clean and keep our products sustainable is an ongoing thing that’s going to need our attention as a community,” he said. “What I’m really hoping to do is inspire people who see [the shirts]. And if they like it, it’ll inspire them to get involved in the conversation.”
Boyd said he believes that the new Incubus album will be out in August or September. No official release date has been announced.
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