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INTERVIEW: BRANDON BOYD

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Photo credit: Brian Bowensmith

Brandon Boyd will never stop making music. The illustrious Incubus frontman, whose hymnlike harmonies served as the band’s guiding light for two decades, stylistically stretches for his latest side project, Sons of the Sea. Alongside super-producer Brendan O’ Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine), Boyd’s intoxicating tenor nicely juxtaposes the album’s overall mystical resonance.

Tracks on the album have the power to summon the internal realm of the imagination (“Space and Time”), personify heart-wrenching poetics (“Avalanche”), or simply bask in come-hither reverie (“Lady Black”). But on this particular afternoon, he’s just Brandon: an eloquent and pensive musician eager to discuss his craft. So when asked why he insisted on executing another music endeavor, his smile literally beamed through the phone as he replied: “The answer to that one’s easy—because I love making it.”

He refrains slightly before going into further detail when reflecting on his journey. “The most prevalent emotion I have to describe how it feels to be making music for so long is deep gratitude. I know how rare it is. My job is joyous and challenging and rarely boring. By communicating [with listeners] through song, I am able to connect with them on a deeper level.”

And Boyd realizes the power of connecting visually with his audience as well. The video for Sons of the Sea’s first single, “Come Together,” features the stripped down singer writhing with an equally half naked woman in a milky white substance—a stark image that might surprise fans. “Well, it’s definitely not milk,” he playfully corrects. “I’m actually allergic to milk—so that would have been the death of me. I read different treatments from other directors, and they weren’t adventurous enough. Then I came across this particular concept and it made me uncomfortable and excited at the same time.”

He pauses again, then effortlessly astounds with his insight. “Nothing great came of situations where people were afraid of making a mistake.”

Sons of the Sea’s first Boston show this Friday promises to be an incisive sweeping of songs from beginning to end. Boyd’s legacy for his work with Incubus is something he can’t escape, especially when it comes to categorizing his latest sound. But by no means does he plan to become worried about it. “[Escaping] the Incubus sound—I do have a little bit of that in my consciousness. Since I’m the singer and lyricist [of Incubus], it’s impossible for there not to be a similarity. I’m not concerning myself with it too much.”

When it comes to pinpointing his future, Boyd remains certain of one thing. “Incubus is just taking a break—we’re not done by a long shot.”

BRANDON BOYD AND SONS OF THE SEA
FRI 1.31
PARADISE ROCK CLUB
967 COMM AVE., BOSTON
7PM/ALL AGES/$20
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One Response to INTERVIEW: BRANDON BOYD

  1. Dara Dara says:

    Great article. Incubus is amazing, Brandon is a god.