Brandon Boyd (Incubus) & Portugal. The Man Guest On AWOLNATION’s Cover Of Scorpions’ “Wind Of Change”

AWOLNATION have joined forces with Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Portugal. The Man for a cover of Scorpions‘ “Wind Of Change.“ This track will appear on AWOLNATION’s new covers album, “My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me,” which is set to be released on May 6.

AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno said the following:

“I’ve known Brandon for awhile and he’s been good to me over the years of being in this industry. The guys from Portugal. The Man feel like brothers from a hardcore band we would be in in another lifetime. This is such a massive song that I thought I’d swing for the fences. ALSO, did the CIA really write it???”

Portugal. The Man’s John Gourley also commented:

“This song marks a very significant point in my childhood. My dad pulled me to the TV in 1989 to watch the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was the first time I truly became aware of the world around me. We wrote a song about that experience called ‘1989’ Like many others, ‘Wind Of Change’ sticks to that memory for me.”

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd added:

“This track has been drifting around in my headspace since I first heard it as a kid in the 1990s. It never occurred to me that it would be a great song to cover until Aaron suggested it for his project. The deal was doubly sweetened when he told me John from Portugal. The Man would be joining us as well. I’m thrilled to be part of it!”

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.

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Digitally Releases “Stem To The Rose” From His Sons Of The Sea Project

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) has officially released “Stem To The Rose” from his Sons Of The Sea project in digital outlets. He said the following about that:

“It took me a few years but my Sons of the Sea track ‘Stem to the Rose’ is finally up on all streaming platforms. My heart and imagination will likely be forever captivated by @incubusofficial but in our occasional interims I wander off into solo territory and put out records. Sons of the Sea is my side hustle with longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien; he and I wrote this song together a few years back for a documentary entitled ‘Becoming Bulletproof’. It’s a beautiful film you can stream tonight if you’d like to. I hope you enjoy this song and hopefully it’ll make you smile amongst these collective growing pains we all seem to be experiencing. #wherewouldibewithoutyou”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) To Release 10th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of “The Wild Trapeze”

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of “The Wild Trapeze“ with a new vinyl pressing. The effort is expected to be released on December 1 and it will be limited to 500 copies. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Working On Covers For New Solo Release

During a recent interview with NME, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd revealed that he is working on a new solo release. The effort will mostly feature cover songs.

Boyd said the following when asked about a new solo album:

“That’s probably gonna happen sooner rather than later because I’ve spent the whole of lockdown mostly recording cover songs, which is something I’ve never really done before.”

He also added:

“The covers – and this was unintentional – are almost all written by women. I think maybe it’s a voice thing. I think my voice is more in that range than it is when trying to emulate most male singers. There are so many songs that I would love to cover but they are so complete on their own.

Like there’s certain Leonard Cohen songs that I’ve always wanted to cover, there’s certain Jeff Buckley songs I’ve always wanted to cover, but those songs do not need reinterpretation. If someone does it’s usually kind of insulting. You’re like, ‘Why did you do this?’

I’ve been looking for songs to reinterpret that almost feel unrealised. They’re beautiful but there’s something about them that the artist themselves weren’t fully aware of so I’m trying to see it through a different pair of eyes.”

He continued:

“It’ll be mostly covers. I’ve been writing music for 30 years and I’ve never put out an album or EP that was just interpreting other people’s songs. It’s been all original work.”

“It’s almost done. It’s not going to be as involved as an Incubus record obviously because it’s me, by myself, mostly just playing an acoustic guitar with some accompanying keys and my voice.”

On another note, Boyd also had the following to say when asked if fans can expect Incubus to make a new album in the near future:

“Oh yeah, we’re definitely gonna make more records. It’s just the coronavirus situation has kept us from being in a room together. Our band room is sitting there disinfected and just pregnant with potential, but we haven’t been able to get in there yet. So as soon as we can get in there, we are going to be very excitedly writing because there’s a whole universe of things to write about.”