Incubus have just kicked off their European Tour with dates across central Europe, the UK, & Ireland North & South.They have just dropped their latest studio album ‘8’, so we here at Rock ‘N’ Load thought It would be rude not to chat with one of Rock’s foremost highly respected frontmen to get their thoughts on their journey through almost three decades together to help understand what makes Incubus tick.

Incubus: Ulster Hall, Monday 10 September

Tickets for the ULSTER HALL are available:

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By Telephone: 028 9033 4455
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Brandon Boyd of Incubus Chats With Rock ‘N’ Load 


1.          You guys were pretty young when you formed back in high school, who were your main influences / inspiration musically at that time that made you want to pick up and instrument and rock out?


When we first started playing as Incubus we were 15 years old. We were so lucky to have bands like Primus, Mr Bungle, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Soundgarden, PJ Harvey, Ani DiFranco, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys and so many others influencing us and coming through Los Angeles to play. It was really an amazing time to be 15 years old and so impressionable. We were inspired by a pretty wide spectrum of music; it was a time when no one genre seemed to dominate the scene.


2.          As a band you always had your own unique sound, did you guys share a similar taste in music or did you come together from different backgrounds musically that gave Incubus your own individual sound?


We all loved a lot of the same music but individually were probably quietly obsessing on some different stuff. Which may explain some of the inherent diversity in our sound. 


3.          You guys have lasted the distance – coming up now on three decades together, what do you feel has been the success to the longevity of the band? 


I honestly don’t know precisely what the magic ingredient has been. I have ideas! But exactly the thing or things that have allowed us to happily persevere over almost three decades is a mystery to me. But I have to assume that it has something to do with a persistent curiosity. Curiosity about sound and art, aesthetic and atmosphere. Making music is not solely about writing songs, that is a big part of it, but understanding and appreciating the complexity of cooperation and of family is another big part of being in a band. As well as so many other things. 


4.          Has there ever been a point over the years that you have questioned the bands relevance in an ever-changing industry between the changes in the Rock/Metal scene and outside influences with the popularity of reality tv pop-star bullshit? 


In truth, I am constantly questioning these things. It has occurred to me pretty consistently over the years that we are animating a zombie by pursuing rock n roll as our medium. But therein lies the potential to reinterpret a dead art form! That excites me! The fact that it died on the vine the minute someone named it, means that the rules are non-existent; like a kid learning Latin who is unaware that it’s a dead language and she creates uninformed and unencumbered poetry in spite of all of the available information. As far as the Rock/Metal scene, the truth is that I have never considered us a metal band, to me that would be an insult to the genre of metal. There are so many amazing bands that more succinctly fit that description and deserve that accolade. If I were forced to describe the genre that Incubus fit into, I guess I would say that we were a cross-dressing (metaphorically speaking) Art Rock project that moonlit as pop songwriters who approached music like a cat would approach a white canvas, fresh off of a catnip bender and with her paws soaked in paint. Haha


5.          I have always been curious about the growing pains of a band that has grown from high school friends to highly successful artists on the world stage, how does that feel from within the band when things start really taking off and what sort of things do you have to put in place when there is that “lightswitch’ moment in the public eye?


It’s a really interesting experience to have your high school band/art project become something that you never could have anticipated. Imagine creating a diorama for your biology class and it just kept growing, slowly but surely into a literal ecosystem! It can be complicated, but the challenge of continually adapting to that ecosystem is a worthy and tantalizing challenge, should you choose to accept it. 


6.          Was there any particular time during the bands evolution over the years that you enjoyed or relished more than any others? Early days in the back of a van hitting the local towns/cities, venues vs first major tour vs AM Ring moment etc? 


We are in one of those moments as we speak. Recording our newest album ‘8’ was an awakening for us, and spending the last year and a half touring it around the world, especially during such strange and tumultuous times on earth, has been incredible. It’s heartbreaking to witness such massive back-steps happening culturally in so many places, but making music and art during these times has kept my eyes on the prize, so to speak. I feel so grateful to be able to be a messenger of togetherness and love in a time when separateness and strife seem to be making strides. I am a hopeful person though, and I believe the arc of history to will always bend towards the light. 


7.          Assuming Make Yourself was the first major catalyst for Incubus that started to gain major momentum for you guys, followed up by Morning View, did there ever feel like there was any additional pressure when writing the follow up albums to emulate that success once again or did it give you guys more freedom musically to express yourselves?


What a great question. Truthfully, it had both of those effects. We felt emboldened to further pursue our deepest curiosities as musicians, hence the next two albums ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’ and ‘Light Grenades’. We really spread our wings wide on those albums and I still love what we were able to create at those times. But if I told you were felt no pressure to repeat the success’ of Make Yourself and Morning View, I’d be lying. How I personally came to terms with those pressures was to accept that they existed and treat them a little like a grumpy tiger that just happened to live in the same cage as me. She’d always be there from now on, but I love tigers and maybe, just maybe I could get her to purr. 


8.          With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?


I have my gripes about the music industry, and some of them are well documented. But for the most part, the industry has been kind to us. So, If I was going to wave a magic wand at it and change anything, I would make it more streamlined in the way that career musicians get paid. And I would make it far more fair for bands and writers in that department as well. The industry of selling music is stronger than it’s ever been, and probably 90% of working musicians are struggling. I suppose I would even that out a bit more. 


9.          You guys dropped your 8th studio album last year which has a hefty old school Incubus sound, as a band has the writing process / recording process changed over the years or do you have a formula you like to stick with?

We have no one magic formula. We just write as it comes, sort of a “spill the paint” ethos, and we become scientists after the fact and assemble the spilled paint into legible and enjoyable sounds. It’s a challenging but highly rewarding process. 


10.    What can we expect from Incubus moving forward, anything on the bucket list you feel you still need to check off?


So many bucket list items still to check off. It would be fun to be the fist band to play in zero gravity, I’d love to live stream a show from some really exotic locations, like the Oval Office, Stonehenge, The Bermuda Triangle, and or Lorne Michaels’ studio…aka Saturday Night Live. We’ve never graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, never walked onstage to accept a Grammy or won a VMA, but some of these more boiler plate bucket list items we still joke about and would get a kick out of participating in. That being said, there’s something kind of cool about having has such a non traditional career. So many of our victories have been hard won and therefor carry with them a sense of pride and the feeling that we truly earned them, and that binds us together in some lovely ways.


11.    Ahead of your European / UK dates and wrapping up with your Irish Shows, do you have a message for your fans? 


Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve seen you. We had to go through hell to come out the other side to where we are now and where we are now is so much fun!




September 10: Ulster Hall, Belfast

September 11: Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin


Tickets on sale Now 

Iconic multi-platinum Los Angeles rock band Incubus have announced their first Irish shows in over three years which will see them play the Ulster Hall andBord Gais Energy Theatre this September.

Since their formation in 1991, Brandon Boyd [vocals], Mike Einziger [guitar, piano, backing vocals], José Pasillas II [drums], Chris Kilmore [turntables, keyboards], and Ben Kenney [bass] have consciously and continually shifted their perspective with each subsequent album. Their recent eighth full-length album, the aptly titled 8 [Island Records] arrived at a significant milestone for Incubus—releasing exactly 20 years since their major label debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E. landed back in 1997.

As of last year the band’s sales exceeded 23 million worldwide, while landing four Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 and one #1 album. They’ve graced the stages of festivals everywhere from Lollapalooza and Air + Style to Download Festival and Pinkpop in addition to touring alongside the likes of Deftones, Linkin Park, OutKast, Moby, Jane’s Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more.

Incubus’ new live Irish show follows some key UK dates and a huge summer of festival appearances across the US.

Tickets for Belfast £42 including booking fee

Tickets for Dublin from €55.65 including booking fee


Please note €1/ £1 from every ticket sold goes to the band’s charity foundation






Tickets for the ULSTER HALL are available:

In person at the Ulster Hall Box Office

By Telephone: 028 9033 4455
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