MTV News has interviewed Brandon on the set of the Promises, Promises videoshoot, and included an article in which Brandon talks about Incubus' hiatus, what the boys did on their time off, and the direction of the new album.  Check it out here! Complete article below.

 

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Brandon Boyd knows it's been a while — almost five years, to be exact — since Incubus last released a new studio album. And, in the time since 2006's Light Grenades, Incubus have toured the world, released a greatest-hits album, gone on hiatus and even grown up a bit.

And though that break was frustrating for the band's fans (even if there were various side projects and solo albums to tide them over), Boyd said it was necessary. After all, without it, there probably wouldn't be an Incubus today.

"Yes, we've been on a 'hiatus,' we'll say, in quotes — I love that word, it's so heavily connotated — for the past five years. And it's not that we were burned out being in a band or being in this band; I think that we, collectively, were feeling like if we didn't step away from this sort of monster that we created, that it would begin to consume us," he told MTV News. "And for us to be able to come back and write music that was still pure in its ethic, to us as creative people, that we had to get a nice chunk of real life. And there's definitely a better way to put that. We had to unpack, basically.

"We had to plant some roots, lest we start to write songs about living on a tour bus. ... So we had to fall in love, we had to fall out of love, we had to make homes ... our drummer had a baby, Michael went off to school, I was exploring a lot of my own singular creative tendencies," Boyd continued. "We weren't sitting at home twiddling our thumbs or anything; all of us had a lot to do. And eventually, it got to the point where it was like, 'It's time.' "

Soon, it will be time for If Not Now, When?, Incubus' first new album since Grenades. It's due in stores on July 12, and it finds the band exploring wide-screen sonics and space ("I'm hoping people will put the headphones on and just listen," Boyd said) and, in doing so, also showcases Boyd's new songwriting prowess. He attempted to say more with fewer words this time around, and his lyrics are given room to sink in — a luxury not available on the band's previous, more-hectic albums. Case in point: new single "Promises, Promises," which finds him in prime, precise storyteller mode.

"I've kind of played with the idea of storytelling before, but never so precisely as I have on this album ... [on] two songs in particular: 'Promises, Promises' and another track called 'Isadore,' " he explained. " 'Promises, Promises,' is a story about a girl and a guy — go figure — and the girl has built up so much armor around herself with the things that she knows how to do.

"And so, I used these metaphors in the song of, like, magic, like she's an illusionist, so she creates these illusions around her," he continued. "And she's gotten so good at it that she meets somebody who potentially could be someone that could help her break through those illusions and those walls, she can't really recognize that he could be the real thing, or they could be the real thing, so she's asking him for one thing: 'Don't make me any promises.' "

 

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1665355/incubus-if-not-now-when.jhtml

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Comment by Graham Hudson on June 11, 2011 at 5:19am
Thanks for this, Brandon is such a thoughful and thought provoking fellow and I always find he has a great way of saying things in interviews that start to sound like potential lyrics! He has just a melodic tendency I guess!
Comment by Ramón Rojas (adm IncubusVE) on June 9, 2011 at 9:45am

“UNPACK” de Incubus para MTV news (en español)

Brandon Boyd sabe que ha pasado un tiempo - casi cinco años, para ser exactos - desde que Incubus dio a conocer un nuevo álbum de estudio. Y, en el tiempo desde el año 2006 de Light Grenades, Incubus han recorrido el mundo, lanzó un álbum de grandes éxitos, ha estado en receso y hasta han crecido un poco.

Y a pesar de que la ruptura fue frustrante para los fans de la banda (aunque hubo varios proyectos secundarios y discos en solitario que se atan entre si), Boyd dijo que eran necesarios. Después de todo, sin ellos, probablemente no sería el Incubus de hoy.

Sí, hemos estado en una “pausa”, vamos a decir, entre comillas - Me encanta esa palabra, es tan fuertemente connotada en los últimos cinco años. Y no es que nos quemamos por estar en una banda o estar en esta banda, creo que nosotros, colectivamente, sentíamos como si le diéramos el paso a este tipo de monstruo que habíamos creado, y que comenzaría consumirnos a nosotros mismos”, dijo a MTV News. “Y para que nosotros seamos capaces de volver y escribir música que todavía es pura en ética, como personas creativas, teníamos que conseguir un pedazo agradable de la vida real. definitivamente hay una mejor manera de poner eso. Nosotros teníamos que desempacar, básicamente

Tuvimos que plantar algunas raíces, para no empezar a escribir canciones acerca de la vida en un autobús de gira… Asi que tuvimos que enamorarnos, desenamorarnos, tuvimos que hacer casas… nuestro baterista tuvo un bebé, Michael se fue a la escuela, yo estaba explorando un montón de mis propias y singulares tendencias creativas”, continuó Boyd. “No estábamos sentados en casa haciendo girar nuestros pulgares y haciendo nada; todos teníamos mucho que hacer, y finalmente llegó el punto en que pensamos “YA ES HORA!”

Pronto será el momento de “If not now, when?”, el primer album nuevo de Incubus desde Light Grenades. Debe estar a la venta el 12 de Julio, en el que se encuentra a la banda explorando en Pantalla panorámica el espacio y lo sónico. (“Espero que la gente se ponga sus auriculares y solo escuchen”, Dijo Boyd) y, al hacerlo, mostrará también las nuevas destrezas de composición de Boyd. Trató de decir mucho con pocas palabras en esta ocación, y sus letras le dan espacio para hundirse en - un lujo que no está disponible en trabajos anteriores de la banda, como los álbumes más agitados -. Caso en cuestión: El nuevo single “Promises, Promises” que lo ubica en un modo preciso de narrador principal.

yo he estado como jugando, con la idea de contar historias, pero nunca con tanta precisión como lo he hecho en este disco, en 2 temas en particular: ‘Promises, Promises’ e ‘Isadore’ ” Explicó. “Promeses Promesas”, es una historia sobre una chica y un chico, y la chica ha construido una armadura a su alrededor con las cosas que ella sabe hacer

Y así, he usado estas metáforas en el canto, como la magia, como si ella fuera ilusionista, por lo que crea las ilusiones a su alrededor”, continuó. “Y ella se esta volviendo muy buena en ello y conoce a alguien que podría ser quien pudiera ayudarle a romper los muros y las ilusiones, que en realidad, no dejan reconocer que podría ser lo real, y que podría ser lo irreal, por lo que solo le pide una cosa ‘No me hagas ninguna promesa’ 

Source: (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1665355/incubus-if-not-now-when.jhtml)

Comment by Ramón Rojas (adm IncubusVE) on June 9, 2011 at 9:44am
here is the Spanish translation of this interview and article -> 
Comment by Amy Davila on June 9, 2011 at 12:25am
I love stories!! ;)
Comment by Sarahh (SHAFT!) on June 8, 2011 at 9:17pm
yess! this  is a wonderfulll article beyond typos and human relay.. radical!! enjoying everything coming out.. amazing to see all the sides of their minds and music.
Comment by Kyle Wright on June 8, 2011 at 1:10pm
Haha there is a huge typo in the beginning of that article!! Still good, I love reading about the reasons they make the music. Or different ideas for different tracks, its always something interesting.

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