Incubus Vocalist Brandon Boyd Appears In New Episode Of “Reservation Dogs”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) was featured in the season two finale FX‘s “Reservation Dogs.” The vocalist appeared as a character called “White Jesus” and a clip of him in the show can be found below:

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Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Premieres “More Better” Video

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has premiered a new video for his new song “More Better.” This track is from his new solo album “Echoes And Cocoons,” which was released today (March 11).

Boyd commented:

“In ‘More Better‘ the world I am attempting to portray is not imaginary and though, in my opinion, it would make an interesting film, it feels more important to highlight the shadow aspects of this novel technocracy we’ve found ourselves in today. How did we arrive at this dire intersection so quickly?

Where the most celebrated commodity is the ability to harness and outright hijack people’s attention. I guess in most ways, within the field of entertainment, that has always been the most sought after of human resources. Where the person or people with the best film, the most clever commercial, the catchiest song and or the most desirable body, (etc., etc.) was rewarded with what our culture deemed the highest of honors: an Oscar! A Grammy! Followers! Likes! Monetary abundance! Or at a minimum, praise and public adoration.

Something changed around the early 2000s though. Some of our most industrious minds figured some things out — let’s say ‘the fundamentals of how to successfully win the race to the bottom of the brain stem.’ They applied those techniques to our latest tech and voila! the cat was officially let out of the bag. Fast forward a mere 10-12 years later and we’re using exotic artificial intelligences coupled with finely tuned algorithms to hijack our own limbic systems.

We are now literally addicted to bad news, on a steady drip of outrage and emotionality and there are enough data collected on each and every one of us now (via our daily usage of these God-like apparatus) to make the following statement with a relative accuracy:

They know us better than we know ourselves.

Maybe there is a way to NOT throw the baby out with the bathwater, but at the moment the baby itself is trying to show me what nutty thing Kanye did today, and I think I’d rather go outside, breathe in the canyon air and ruminate on what it is to be incarnate during these most interesting of times.”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Premieres “A Better Universe” Video

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has premiered a new video for his new song “A Better Universe.” This track is from his new solo album “Echoes And Cocoons,” which will be released on March 11.

Boyd commented:

“I suppose I have understood for much of my life that it’s through communication and cooperation that we can potentially arrive at a place that is clearer than where we came from. Being in a band for 30 years now has shown me, for better or for worse, so much about what it is to be in a ‘chosen’ family dynamic. We have our moments of celebration, where we clink glasses, cheer and embrace around shared accomplishments.

Then we do our very best to lean into one another around the inevitable moments when things don’t go according to plan and we are asked to test our capacities for adaptation. This part is more the rule than it is the exception, and if a family dynamic doesn’t learn how to adapt around swiftly changing landscapes they’ll be lost in the woods and destined to malfunction and ultimately fade into obscurity.

The moments between the peaks and the valleys are of equal importance and I’ve learned over the decades that these areas of stasis are just as crucial to familiarize oneself with.

Did you ever encounter someone so far gone in their malignant narcissism and self aggrandizing, self assured egomania that all you could do was take a deep breath and walk away? Of course you have, you see a potential ‘them’ in the mirror each day… Have you ever wished that that ‘someone’ would die? Would that even solve the problem?

For if they found an audience so eager and ready to glutton themselves on the message, could it not be argued that there will be yet another wolf in wolf’s clothing waiting in the wings to rush in and fill that void? I found myself in the teeth of this dilemma recently and I struggled with the ethical problem that was clinging to its heels. Then, shortly after locking horns with this philosophical bull, I met the person whom I’d come to this unfortunate impasse with in a dream…

“I met you in a dream

and in the dream you died,

I slow danced on your grave

and I got all teary eyed.

I woke up with a smile,

wiped the tears away,

I wished that it were real.

So it goes, so I’ll say, I’m sorry but

it’s a better universe without you in it.

Did you read the book or did you just see the movie?

Every breath you take is just a waste of air.”

Do I wish ill upon my fomenter? I do not. I can say that with confidence. But what if they met an untimely demise in a liminal, imaginary space? Say, for instance, in a detailed dream, a house carried by some spinning storm from the Great Plains fell upon my striped socked tormentor, crushing the breath out of them forever…what then?

Then, inside the relatively safe confines of said dream-scape, I’d weep a single tear from each eye, mourning the unfortunate feeling of cosmic gratitude and my internal glee at said tornado’s impeccable aim. I’d wipe the tears away and dance a slow but celebratory jig on the place where this imaginary beast was buried…all to the sounds of a song entitled ‘A Better Universe‘.”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Premieres “Dime In My Dryer” Video

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has premiered a new video for his latest single “Dime In My Dryer.” This track is from his new solo album “Echoes And Cocoons,” which will be released on March 11.

Boyd previously said the following about the song:

“It was in the relative silence of a world mostly shut down that I noticed how loud things had been in the before-times. Not the obvious part of my life that is governed by big sounds and traveling, no, but that chatter or noise that emits from our shared experience as people. All of a sudden it would stop for brief intervals and in those gaps is where I began to see the parts of my life and my general experience that offered more signal and less noise.”

He also added the following about the title:

“The proverbial dime in my dryer… There it was, spinning around, topsy-turvy, a jumbled load of yesterday’s linens, but somewhere in there lurked a tiny metal sphere, clanking and pinging in occasional rhythms, even catching the light periodically and shimmering like winks in the spin cycle, singing out to anyone sitting still enough to hear its song.”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Premieres New Song “Dime In My Dryer”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has premiered a new song titled “Dime In My Dryer.” This track is from his new album “Echoes And Cocoons,” which will be released on March 11.

Boyd said the following about the song:

“It was in the relative silence of a world mostly shut down that I noticed how loud things had been in the before-times. Not the obvious part of my life that is governed by big sounds and traveling, no, but that chatter or noise that emits from our shared experience as people. All of a sudden it would stop for brief intervals and in those gaps is where I began to see the parts of my life and my general experience that offered more signal and less noise.”

He also added the following about the title:

“The proverbial dime in my dryer… There it was, spinning around, topsy-turvy, a jumbled load of yesterday’s linens, but somewhere in there lurked a tiny metal sphere, clanking and pinging in occasional rhythms, even catching the light periodically and shimmering like winks in the spin cycle, singing out to anyone sitting still enough to hear its song.”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Premieres New Song “Petrichor”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has premiered a new song titled “Petrichor.” This track will appear on the frontman’s upcoming album “Echoes And Cocoons.”

Boyd commented:

“I come from a place in the world where the sun is almost always shining, and as wonderful as that is, it does carry with it a kind of bias towards happiness and a constant stress around well being. The irony of course is that it’ll drive you crazy trying to be happy all of the time. There is wisdom in sadness and grief, the kind of things we glean from “walking through the valley” can’t be replicated by merely speaking or reading about them, we need to be sad sometimes and enter darkened spaces in order to be more fully realized people.

When it rains in Southern California, it’s such a rare event that it almost feels like we’re being invited to embrace the dark, weep for what is lost, and then emerge new and washed clean of those old feelings that were stuck on us and starting to rot in the punishing sunlight. There’s a lyric in the song that says,

‘You were covered in ashes,
I was covered in dust,
ever opaque in our epithets,
come on it’s just…rain!’

I think it speaks for itself. Then there is the pure olfactory bliss of that moment when the rain first hits the ground and the inimitable smell it produces, petrichor, and all that it suggests. Once again, coming from a place that doesn’t see much rain, I’ve come to see those moments when it finally arrives as a performance we so desperately had been waiting for. Hence the chorus and completing lyric in the song,

‘Rain-comes, senses fed.
Petrichor-wash away all your…
Pain-from-heart and head.
Give me more!
Bravo! Encore!
Here it comes again!
And there it goes.
Here it comes again.’”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Premieres “Pocket Knife” Video

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has premiered a new video for his new song “Pocket Knife.” This track will appear on the frontman’s upcoming album “Echoes And Cocoons.”

Boyd commented:

“I used to have nightmares as a child, so much so that I was losing sleep over it. I would pry myself awake out of them because they were quite terrifying to me as a kid. My mother finally started to tell me about what she’d read in Carlos Castaneda’s work, she wouldn’t refer to him explicitly as I was too young to know or understand, but she’d essentially teach me what she’d gleaned from his work around dreaming. She told me to look at my hands when I was in a bad dream, open them and close them and control my hands and that would give me some agency over the content of my Dreamtime. It worked like a charm and along with some other techniques I picked up along the way I rarely, if ever, have nightmares.”

“As an adult I’ve come to understand what she showed me were like little dream “totems” or devices that can give one a modicum of control or agency in the foggy, feisty world of Dreamtime. So I used that as the device in the song. I’m essentially becoming the bearer of the totem to a younger person or version of myself that is suffering in Dreamtime.”

“I offer an older totem, in this case an antique pocket knife, that worked well for me. And I’m inviting them to hold this thing under their pillow as they fall asleep in hopes of keeping it as they fall into their oldest and darkest dream. Then potentially using it to cut a window out of the dark and letting in light. The second verse offers yet another totem of sorts but this one is even more specific in its metaphoric potential as a way to invite in more love in general.”

Brandon Boyd Offers Updates On Upcoming Solo Album And New Incubus Material

During a recent interview with NME, Brandon Boyd confirmed that he is planning to release a new solo album titled “Echoes And Cocoons” in February. The effort’s first single will be released on November 19. In other news, the frontman also revealed that Incubus are “hoping to have [a new release] done sometime by spring.”

Boyd said the following about his new solo record:

“I was feeling very brave one afternoon after listening to Angel Olsen’s ‘All Mirrors‘ album, which is so good, and I was like, ‘Who produced this? It sounds so amazing’, I looked it up and it was this guy John Congleton. He’s produced for everyone but somehow escaped me up until this point. I was like, ‘I’m just gonna reach out to this dude and see what he’s doing.’ So I did and he’s like, ‘Nothing. What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘You want to write some songs together?’ Then six months later we have a full solo record with original material and two covers on it. It’s really cool. It’s a very different record for me. And we did it before even meeting in person. We just we did it over the phone, it’s a full COVID record. It was awesome.”

He also added the following about Incubus’ plans:

“We went out and did some shows and we’re all rehearsed up and ready to play. Our intention is to put together a new group of songs, whether it’ll be an EP or an LP, I’m not sure, but we’re hoping to have that done sometime by spring – but there’s a lot of hope in that statement.”

Watch Brandon Boyd Perform Incubus Songs With “American Idol” Contestants

During last night’s (April 5) All-Star Duets episode of “American Idol,” Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd performed live with contestants Casey Bishop and Chayce Beckham. You can see footage of him performing “Drive” with Beckham and “Wish You Were Here” with Bishop below:

Incubus Frontman Brandon Boyd To Appear On “American Idol” For All-Star Duets Week

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is among the musicians who will be taking part in All-Star Duets Week on “American Idol.” Those episodes will air tonight (April 4) and tomorrow (April 5) with Boyd set to perform with contestants Casey Bishop and Chayce Beckham.