Brandon has just made a very special post about the new Incubus album, "If Not Now, When?", on his facebook page - here it is, comment and tell us what you think!

 

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Success is a devilish opiate. A swift and heady drink that goes down smooth at first, then starts to burn your throat and rattle your bones. Only to leave crater sized holes in your constitution the next day. We all love a good success story, don't we? But interestingly, what usually makes it 'good' are not the 'good' things about the story. No. It's the bad things that perk our ears up. It's the tragedy inherent in the struggle that keeps us tuned in. I am in a band called Incubus. We are all about the same age; round about 35, and we started our band in 1991. Our story is not unlike other success stories. It has it's peaks and valleys, it's struggles, it's triumphs, it's highest highs and lowest lows. But it's not the bad parts of our unfolding story that have intrigued people over all of these years. To tell you the truth, I am not sure exactly what has kept people interested in us this long. I'd like to think it's the music we make and ultimately share. I'd like to think it's because we have struck chords with people at very specific times in their lives and that when they hear certain songs they are harkened back to the not so distant past wherein life changing events and turns in their own stories coincided with lyrics and rhythms. Sounds meandering into symmetry with an individual's psyche like that rare moment when your body and your shadow line up on a wall. If the music has been the true catalyst for our (once again) unfolding success story, than I'd say we were right on track. Perhaps we are wanderers who have tasted the drug, smiled and mused at the kaleidoscope it wrought, then woke the next day, shook it off and kept truckin'. 

 

Still mildly hungover from our night on the town, we decided that it was hi-time we wrote another record. It had been five years since the release of 'Light Grenades', our last full length offering, and we were feeling a collective itch to chase that dragon once again. 

By about three songs into the writing process, I think we began to understand that we were unearthing something new. And excitedly, we began chasing that new rabbit as far down, around and into the wormhole as it led us. At a certain point amongst all of this creative wandering we began to understand quite clearly that certain creative mantras were reemerging. Both consciously and unconsciously. Words like, 'economy', 'elegance', 'space', and 'restraint' kept creeping back into our many conversations. Words we had toyed with in the past, but never so deliberately and never so confidently. Sprinkle into this caldron a dash of whimsy and a pinch of psychedelia, let it stew in the recording studio for a couple of months and you get this: 'If Not Now, When?'. Our unabashed, romantic, lush, sonic love letter to the world. It's darker, slower, more rich, more refined,  and more involved than anything Incubus has birthed to date. And I am so happy to share it with all of you. This entire time, Incubus has essentially been searching for a sense of balance between all of the possibilities inherent in crafting a song. I do believe that for many years now we have been searching for something different. Something unique, both to the world and to us as a band. We decided that 'If Not Now, When?', our 6th full length studio album would be just that.

 

In the title track, we set the tone of the album. A stirring in the water somewhere, a long time ago, sends ripples outward. Beautifully. symmetrically, and relentlessly pulsing out, out, out. They travel countless miles and eventually arrive at shallow waters. Then the triumphant finale. The breaking wave, after gaining thousands of miles of momentum, arcs forward into the future; the wave is about to break. If not now, when? A unique event in space and time. Never to be repeated ever again. Now. Now. Now. 

 

Our first single, 'Adolescents' is perhaps the most familiar sounding Incubus song on this new album. It begins with Michael's unmistakable and inimitable guitar work and rolls it's way into a kind of drunken waltz. Creeping it's way into the idea that we are collectively just about to reach our cultural teenage years. It does seems like we've been around forever. Us, I mean. People. Culture. But all it takes is a sojourn into Earth's biological record to realize that WE are quite new! And the transitions at play in our complex little game are akin to the struggles that an adolescent might endure. 

 

'Promises, Promises', is our homage to the pop songs of yester-morrow. Referencing the deservedly ubiquitous artists of our parents' generation, we are here attempting to craft an artisan's clock. A piece that ticks effortlessly on the strength of it's good design, it's beauty and it's simplicity. Herein a young girl, after so many failed attempts at love, has resigned herself to a "road of least resistance". Armoring herself against the pain of intimacy by only engaging in surface affairs. Only to meet someone who she CAN trust with her most valued of possessions, her heart. But she can barely recognize what the real thing looks like after so much time running away from it. 

 

'Friends and Lovers' is a song that I always hoped we would write. I do believe it is my most favorite thus far. It speaks to the heart of many of our culturally held biases about relationships and what love looks like. It combats the long held notions of love and intimacy and plainly states that Friends make the best Lovers. And that love can in fact be born of friendship and can indeed last outside of our pre-persrcibed notions of what it looks like, feels like and how it endures. Movies and Religion have largely defined our cultural notions of this most important of topics. And in this song it was my attempt to share a different idea of what modern love might look like. 

 

'Tomorrow's Food' was written about two years ago. Making it the first song penned for this album. Here Michael shows us once again how deep his musical well runs. A vibrant, sonic quilt is wrapped around us and we are lulled by it's choices and it's warmth. Lyrically I am specifically referencing Philosopher Ken Wilbur's quote from 'A Brief History Of Everything' , "No epoch is finally privileged. We are all tomorrow's food. The process continues. And spirit is found in the process itself, not in any particular epoch, or time, or place." No one had ever put so succinctly and eloquently into words how I felt about growing up. About reaching my mid-thirties. After reading this quote, and witnessing the vast push and pull at play between the old and the new, the young and the not so young, I saw the inherent beauty and wisdom in the process of it all. And consequently, wrote a song about it. It is in this reporter's opinion that we are in the midst of a massive shift. Culturally, ethically, artistically, technologically, intellectually, philosophically and spiritually. Almost of of the "-ally's". This shift has occurred before; with different details and end results of course. And this shift will happen again. Absolutely. The new thing at play is our awareness of this shift. The awareness that there is never an 'end of the world'. Only the process and the choice to witness and to participate. What may feel like the end of the world is that humbling moment when you realize that a new set of ideas has usurped your generation's ideas. Confused and confounded by the "way things are going" you can't help but think it's all going to shit, and that you have to fight to defend what you've built. But in actuality what is occurring is a necessary evolution. A handing over of the collective baton. If not now, when?

 

When we recorded and released our first album 'S.C.I.E.N.C.E.', we were but wee lads overflowing with enthusiasm and energy. We'd never really toured, we'd never had an audience other than our family and friends. We ended up touring around America and Europe quite relentlessly for over two years in search of... rock and roll? By the time we sputtered, coughed and crawled our way home we were exhausted. But strangely inspired. We began writing songs for what became our sophomore effort, 'Make Yourself'. An album that when finished, evoked a kind of head scratching reaction out of us. Being that we had unintentionally helped define a new sub-genre of music with the previous one. It seemed almost counterintuitive that we had just written a rock and roll album filled with melody, restraint, thoughtfulness (both musically and lyrically), and God forbid...singles! (If this narrative had moving imagery attached, I would place a quick edit to Godzilla tearing apart a city somewhere. People running frantically in all directions and a few brave souls here and there pointing up at the fiendish, pre-historic creature from the deep.) Make Yourself was met with trepidation by our newfound listeners. We had flipped the switch on them. Pulled the old switcheroo. We even got nervous at certain points that perhaps we had made a mistake in trusting those instincts to keep moving in this more 'song' oriented direction. But a few months after it's release, things began slowly arcing towards success. And I stress, slowly. Slowly but surely. In the end, our creative instincts had pointed us in the right direction. It was a meandering compass, but a good one. 

 

If Not Now, When? is the coalescing of this slow arc. The wave that has been traveling so long, about to break. A force that is capable of both beauty and destruction, but is most noteworthy because of it's uniqueness as an event that will never occur again. Waves have broken before it, waves will break afterwards, but each one is an individual canvas. This one is ours. Yours and mine. 

 

So, if success is a drug, then Incubus is a functioning addict. I know how trite it sounds to be commenting on our own success but I see our addiction as a collective one. You have enabled us thus far and what we are creating in the process will be worthy of conversation for a long time to come. When I say 'WE' I mean you and I. All of us. This is, after all, a conversation that started in the early 90's and has continued until today. A stroll along a winding path through many landscapes and over much terrain. Yes, our bones ache, our dogs are barkin', our shoes have holes in them, and we don't look as good with our shirts off anymore. But that doesn't mean we won't keep walking! And conversing along the way. I'd like to start thinking of success less as an opiate and more of a segue into the good parts of a conversation. 

 

See you soon, girls and boys. We love making music and we feel blessed and grateful to have your attentions today and hopefully tomorrow!

 

Cheers,

 

Brandon Boyd

 

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Comment by Leah Arth on May 31, 2011 at 5:59pm
Thank you for always remaining the true and amazingly talented band that you are. I have grown up to the relaxing and inspiring vibes of your music since I was five years old and I will forever love you guys. Whether I am driving to your music with a subliminal warm breeze on my face or searching for a pick me up, I can always find salvation from your music. I am overjoyed to hear the new tracks of this upcoming album release ( I love the sound already!) and I plan to see you boys in Santa Barbara soon! July 15th in fact! Can't wait for the show!
Comment by cheche francisco on April 20, 2011 at 2:43am

there are a lot of bands that come and go and never make it today. but you guys have something that fans really endure and i think you will be here forever. Being humble and down to earth is very important and that is totally rad. keep it up guys and creating good music is your formula, you're born with it!

INCUBUS still the best!

 

Comment by Rino Gana on April 19, 2011 at 2:30am
I can't stop listening to Adolescents because I'm so excited for the new album and sound. After reading this post from Brandon I am definitely more excited and I feel like a kid waiting to open his present on Christmas. Leaves the anticipation inside me asking the simple question...If not now, When?
Comment by Ben Weston on April 18, 2011 at 4:54pm

i dont think i have ever been so excited!!! to think i almost turned my back on light grenades coz of my 'metal' roots! ha! thank goodness for breaking down the walls of the pressure of peers!

Comment by Joice N Wenas Rindengan on April 18, 2011 at 12:44pm

Thank you sooo much for this post!! It is just what I have been waiting for as a fan!  I have been a fan since 2000, but I definitely have a deeper connection with Incubus now more than ever & I can't wait to hear their new album to the fullest!

Love, Nita  =)  

Comment by Spencer Roberts on April 18, 2011 at 9:59am

As long as you keep sharing your evolution with us we will be happy.  There are few great artists who continue to evolve instead of putting out the same kind of music they played 20 years ago.  I stick around because you guys manage to evolve organically while keeping that hint of Incubus on the back of the tongue.  Love you guys

 

 -Spencer

Comment by Brenna Gerke on April 18, 2011 at 7:58am

It's good to know that Incubus has a grasp on what they mean to us fans (first paragraph). Incubus has always have a special place in our hearts, and they continue to fill them with music that speaks the way no other band can :) They are so humble, amazingly talented, and just real.

Thanks so much for this post!

Comment by Oderliw Castellini on April 18, 2011 at 12:22am
:')
Comment by Amy Graft on April 17, 2011 at 8:22pm

Incubus is my form of meditation and the way I can ground myself.  Thanks for that...

 

Comment by Michael J Flores on April 17, 2011 at 11:51am

WoW, reading your message Mr boyd and then reading everybodys comments i say i feel a family theme...As most of us would say, you and the boys have been aiding us in all situations in our lives with your music and i know i can say that im honored to be apart of the Incubus family,B4 IWHQ i had limited ears to express how much of a support i am with the Band and when i got here ah i felt the home sweet home lol. all your guys elements to the inspiration u give us the thrive to march on and to celebrate is very appreciated and dont stop guys dont ever,rock out like the Rolling Stones, age limitless. Most of us have kiddos and i know my daughter my son are future Incubus fans, Incubus fan in training lol love to share with them the list of awesomeness you guys illuminate and rock out at shows..im mixed of words but I love you guys(Incubus) u couldnt image the hope and light u send out ..ill stop by saying keep on strong with the music.

                                                                                                     Michael J Flores

 ps cant wait to see u guys in Arizona


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