Incubus Come Alive

Band readies live DVD, epic track for video game

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As Incubus wind down a year spent on the road, singer Brandon Boyd acknowledges that the group is getting a bit slap-happy. "We're getting a little delirious, in a comical way," says Boyd. "Things like playing the 'Spongebob Squarepants' theme song are sounding like a good idea. Packing a switchblade in my luggage and thinking no one would care. Playing a debauched version of R. Kelly's 'Bump and Grind' seems pretty good. It's like the musical equivalent of beer goggles."

A week after Incubus' current tour comes to a close, a snapshot of the band's year will be available in the form of the DVD/CD Alive at Red Rocks. The DVD, due November 23rd, was recorded at Colorado's famed venue this summer and includes a pair of unreleased tracks, "Pantomime" and "Follow."

"It was like playing a show on the moon," says Boyd. "It's like no other place on earth. The way the light hits the rocks is crazy. I think everyone that goes there catches the vibe, too. I talk to kids and they're like, 'That show was so awesome,' and I'm like, 'It really was not that good.' I think people get fucked up by the atmosphere of the place. It's one of the most naturally beautiful venues in the world.

"It was a really interesting, fun day for me," Boyd continues. "I'd just gotten over a cold, and I was still hoarse. I was belting through things, and I needed a little bit of courage. I drank three quarters of a bottle of wine while we were playing. After we played, I smoked a cigar with my bandmates -- and between the wine and cigar, I puked my brains out."

Incubus recently contributed the aptly titled "The Odyssey," to the Halo 2: Original Soundtrack Volume One. "It's a twenty-five, twenty-six minute-long, meandering, almost self-indulgent swing through Incubus-land," says Boyd. "We wanted to make something that didn't repeat itself, an anti-pop song. When we finished we were like, 'OK, it's thirty minutes long.' It's an experiment, not for the faint of heart or the short of attention span."

Having directed a broadside attack at the Bush administration with the video for "Megalomaniac," Boyd and the band watched last week's election results trickle in with great dismay. "I was very disappointed," he says. "I guess that's part of the blessing and the curse of democracy -- the guy you think should win is not always going to win. I hope Mr. Bush learns from his many, many blunders in his first four years in office and takes on more of a global consciousness. If nothing else, I think a lot of good punk rock music will be written."

Incubus tour dates:

11/9: Champaign, IL, Assembly Hall, University of Illinois
11/11: St. Cloud, MN, Halenback Hall
11/12: DeKalb, IL, Convocation Center
11/15: Grand Forks, ND, Ralph Engelstad Arena
11/18: Valley Center, KS, Kansas Coliseum

 

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