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“We have no plans”, say Incubus. Manager denies hiatus

By | Published on Tuesday 7 August 2012


Incubus are taking a “break” from recording after their imminent US tour, frontman Brandon Boyd – who in the mean time wants to pursue solo studio projects – has confirmed. According to the band’s manager Steve Rennie, though, fans shouldn’t presume that by “break” Brandon et al mean an indefinite “hiatus”. No, indeed. It’ll most likely just be a temporary leave of absence, you know, like the five years that passed between the band making 2006 LP ‘Light Grenades’ and last year’s, ‘If Not Now, When?’.

Anyway, what does Brandon Boyd make of it all? He tells Billboard: “We have no plans, to tell you the truth, at the moment. I have been tinkering around, potentially, with a second solo record. That’s probably the most likely scenario. But as far as Incubus right now, we’ll probably take another break. Hopefully it won’t be as long, but what we’d like to do is arrive with the best of intentions and try to create music from a sense of urgency as well as purity and not necessarily based on a schedule. I know that can be frustrating for our listeners and stuff, but I think we’ll make better music as a result”.

His manager Rennie takes a similar stance on the issue of haste v artistry, saying to CBS Local: “Let’s not get locked into the word ‘hiatus’. They just need to get rejuvenated and inspired to make their next album. Bands like Incubus don’t crank out music on a schedule. Taking time to work on other things only adds to what they can bring to the table when they regroup”.

Elsewhere in his interview, Boyd was less than gracious in his comments about Incubus’ ex label, Sony’s Epic Records, whose partnership with the band ended with the release of ‘If Not Now, When’. In particular the object of his critique was newish Epic boss LA Reid, who Boyd claims was in part representative of the general “lack of attention” given to the last album’s promotional campaign.

Says Boyd: “There was a lot of changing of the guard sort of going on… [Reid] wasn’t quite there yet, even though he’s the guy. There was a real lack of direction and leadership when we kind of needed it most. It was hard and it was frustrating, but it was also very telling for us and perhaps educational because we were forced into ingenuity… It forced us into thinking outside of that normal music industry paradigm we had gotten so accustomed to”.