The tour is coming up friends and hopefully there will be a lot of talking and writing about the soon to be released Album If not now,when?. This thread is meant to collect all the links worldwide where Anything Incubus has been covered the past weeks and will be covered in the future.
Not only is it interesting to see how different the views are culturally and between nations, but also how the media landscape will change in time.
So, let's start an archive for every one to access and read whenever wanted.
Q&A With Incubus' Brandon Boyd: "Everything Went A Bit Haywire, To Put It Lightly"Incubus' Morning View crystallized that heart-wrenching moment beautifully; even frontman Brandon Boyd had trouble digesting it. But sometimes these things happen by accident, so we talked him through it via email.
What was it like trying to tour and promote "Morning View" in the wake of September 11?
We had booked the tour, prepped the album and gone to New York to do promo stuff for it all. We were in New York and our first dates were New Hampshire on September 15th and NYC on the 16th and 17th, if memory serves. I can't believe it's been ten years. Everything went a bit haywire, to put it lightly.
Was anything about the album changed in response to the attacks?
The only thing that was thwarted as a result of the attacks was the half-million-dollar music video we had just completed and was set to come out days later. It ended up being banned in America due to "insensitivities" it had. The first single was called "Wish You Were Here" and the original video was an homage to the '60s film Head. Somehow the image of us running from a hoard of screaming girls, shedding clothing and jumping into a river, only to be rescued by superhot mermaids, was deemed inappropriate.
Do you remember how you approached the first show you had to play after the attacks? Where were you, what did you say to the audience, and how did they react?
We decided to stick to our scheduled tour and not cancel any dates. We started the set by asking for one minute of silence. From there, it was a very memorable show in that the audience seemed to emote more than we had witnessed previously. It was a beautiful night. The next two nights we played in NYC and it was two of the most emotionally charged concerts I have ever been to, let alone be performing at. There were so many moments of pure joy, coupled with instances of pain and grieving. I'll never forget it, as long as I live.
Did the songs take on any new significance for you, playing them night after night during that period?
They did take on new significance. Songs usually do for lots of reasons, but in such a strange time in our collective history, I couldn't help but see parallels to our cultural plight. As it was unfolding. I have never actually admitted that out loud before, truth be told. I'm a big believer in the idea that the listener has a unique experience with each song. But I have a unique perspective on the songs as well, and they aren't just automated numbers that get doled out every night.
Which songs on Morning View do you remember your fans reacting to most dramatically in the wake of the attacks?
"Wish You Were Here" and "Warning" became songs that took on new energy and significance. Especially when we played them live. It was one thing that they were singles, but it was something else, both beautiful and rare, that they were applied to so many people's (once again) unique experiences. Both as forms of catharsis as well as entertainment.
Which of the songs on that album are most emotionally potent for you personally?
While we were writing that album, I was in the midst of a pretty nasty breakup. One of my first instances of love, loss and true disillusionment. Perfect time to write an album, right? I am not sure if there is a song on the album that wasn't emotionally potent for me! Our band dynamic was shifting dramatically as well. And, we had our first bona fide hit single ("Drive") tearing up the airwaves. It was such a strange, intoxicating, scary and exciting time. I think the song that was written out of pure fun and friendliness was the track "Are You In?" It is the most lighthearted of the bunch. I just answered your query in reverse. Sorry.
Can art be deliberately created to be emotionally charged for the audience without necessarily being emotionally charged for the artist? Or is that contrived, fake, ineffective?
I feel like songwriters try to do just that all of the time. Most of the time with frighteningly bad results. But when songwriters attempt to do that they are forgetting about what in my opinion is the most valuable part of the process. The "process" itself. Not the result. But in songwriting and scoring we have two different ideas, I believe. All of that being said, when art and emotional response collide in glorious parallel, it is the stuff of legend! It's beyond words. It's one of the good things about being alive! But it must happen spontaneously.
Some of your early work exhibited a kooky sense of humor that had more or less dissipated by the time "Morning View" came around and really has yet to reappear. It's fairly obvious that you came to that change on your own terms, but did you ever feel like 9/11 or the ensuing chaos put pressure on you as artists, like you had to buckle down and focus on making Important Meaningful Art because of what was going on in the world around you?
I appreciate the fact that you notice that transition more than I can express. Though I think it had less to do with 9/11 than it did a natural process of growing up. But as I have grown over the years, I realize that everything effects what I do. Not only as a lyricist, but as a human being. There's choice and then there is circumstance. Somewhere in between we get free will and individual experience. I like to consider myself culturally observant and in that regard 9/11 had an indelible effect on me. As have all of the events that have unfolded in the decade since.
A demanding audience:Brandon Boyd is a listener. "You can really tell where you are, based on what people are yelling (at you) in between songs," the Incubus vocalist says. And judging from recent tour dates in Asia and Honolulu, latest album If Not Now, When? is a hit with fans. "I kept hearing, 'Play new songs!'" recalls the Southern California native. "By the time we actually got to (current single) Promises, Promises, they were pretty much demanding it." The band is heading out on a 30-date U.S. tour, beginning with Wednesday night's sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. (streaming at livestream.com/incubus).
Set-list mainstays: Even after playing hits like 2001's Wish You Were Here for a decade, Boyd, 35, still likes to include those oldies. "There are certain songs that if we don't play them, the sets don't feel complete. Wish You Were Here is definitely one of those," Boyd says. "We've attempted doing sets without it, but it feels like we're walking out of the house wearing one shoe." However, the song that elicits the biggest response at live shows is the slow-burning track The Warmth, buried deep in Make Yourself. "Wherever we are in the world, it's just an insane reaction from the audience, and they sing the song like it was a hit single."
Tour tactics: After hopping around Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, the band is excited to take a break from the frequent flying. "There's something kind of comforting at this point about getting on a bus," says Boyd of the perks of touring domestically. "You can stay in one spot, relatively speaking." As he settles into his own "private cocoon" on the tour bus, Boyd says he'll also be settling into a second-nature mode of performance. About four to six weeks into a tour, "you don't really have to think about what you're doing while you're doing it," he says. "The logical part of you shuts off and the emotion starts to take over."
Paying it forward: Boyd recalls when Primus took Incubus out on the road. "We could not believe it. This band had been so influential to us growing up … and they were asking us to come open up for them, which is the coolest experience for a young band." Incubus has tried to provide that same opportunity for newer acts such as Simon Dawes, Phantom Planet and current opener Young the Giant. "We're still learning, so it's awesome to see where people who are 10, 15 years younger than us are at with their songwriting and their musicianship."
A funky bunch: Showers can be hard to come by. "I think the longest I ever went was 10 days without a proper shower," Boyd says. The stinky stretch was along a European tour circuit, when the band traveled from festival to festival. "Jose (Pasillas) and I would have the buddy system. One of us would stand on the stairs or on the road case and take a couple bottles of water and pour them over (the other). You just wash down really quick to wash the day's funk off you." But not all funk is bad funk. "You get a good layer of funk on you that kind of repels the deeper funk," he says, laughing.
Pack light: Boyd sticks to a minimalist rule. "I try to bring as little as possible because you can always find things on the road, and that's part of the fun. You bring your absolute essentials." His three necessities? "My leather jacket, my camera and my sketchbook."
Dream team: Boyd still fantasizes about touring with one of his early favorites. "It'd be amazing to do a Red Hot Chili Peppers/Incubus soccer stadium tour," he says. "Planting the seed right now!"
Just found this & now I'm reliving the concert :)
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