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Incubus’ Brandon Boyd Talks Collaborating With Skrillex, Returning To “Big Dirty, Grimy Riffs”


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Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has opened up a bit further on why the band’s forthcoming album “8” will sport a “heavier” sound. Speaking with Yahoo!. As Boyd revealed, the end of his 10-year relationship was in part responsible for his vulnerability and emotional performances:

“I was in a relationship for the better part of 10 years, and the relationship shifted where we’re not a traditional couple anymore. We went back into a place where we’re remaining platonic friends, which is where we started. But that is a tough transition, no matter who you are.”

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“It seemed to coincide with the writing of this album, and so there are these moments where emotionally I was a wreck coming into the studio. But then I don’t know if Mikey [Einziger, guitarist] could pick up on that stuff: ‘Wow, you’re a wreck now — let’s write a song.'”

He later said of the ‘heavier’ direction of the outing:

“I have to say that Mikey and Ben also came into full Mikey-and-Ben formation when we were writing this. They just got interested in big dirty, grimy riffs again, which is really exciting for me as someone who loves to write rock songs among other kinds of songs.”

Boyd also spoke of the band’s collaboration with Skrillex on the new track “Familiar Faces“. Previously Deftones frontman Chino Moreno was also shown to be in the studio during those sessions, though there was no mention of his involvement in this latest interview. Boyd said of the pairing:

Skrillex mixed it and cued it and sprinkled his magical alien dust on it, as he does so effortlessly. It was so much fun being around him. He came to the studio just to listen to some songs; we were finishing some mixes and Sonny [Skrillex] is in the room and he very nonchalantly was like, ‘What’s the name of that song right there?’ Then he looks at Dave [Massey, from the label] and he goes, ‘Would it be weird if I took the stems in the other room and just fucked around with that?’ We look at Dave, like, ‘Give him the stems!’”

“He went in a separate studio for an hour and a half, two hours tops, and I went down there and I was like, ‘What the fuck? How do you work so fast?’ It seems to be the ethos. He obviously has a pretty massive work ethic, but it looks like he is really enjoying himself the whole time. So I’m not surprised he’s as prolific as he is, because you mix an amazing work ethic with that kind of ‘I’m gonna do it ‘cause it’s fun’ thing, and then you’re Sonny.”

There’s more to be read from Boyd on the album over at Yahoo!. “8” is tentatively scheduled for an April 21st release date on Island Records.

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