Incubus’ Brandon Boyd On “S.C.I.E.N.C.E”: “There Was A Period Of Years When We Were Knowingly Rebelling Against It”


With Incubus‘ 1997 effort “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” headed for its twentieth anniversary in September, the topic of how the band look back on it now has been popping up during their press tour for their latest release, “8“. Spin recently asked frontman Brandon Boyd how he felt about the album nearly 20 years later, to which he replied:

“We played S.C.I.E.N.C.E. so much for the first 15 or 16 years of being on tour. Back when it was the album we were touring behind, we were still touring in a van and a trailer, and we played those songs like a thousand times. There was a period of years when we were knowingly rebelling against it, we were desperately trying to shake off the identity it had created around us.

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Our original fans would get mad, “Why don’t you play more stuff from S.C.I.E.N.C.E.?” I think it only happened two or three years ago, when we were touring again, and started to revisit the songs casually in rehearsal studios and sound checks. We started to fall in love with them again. I think we just needed a friend break. We came back to them, and now it’s kind of amazing to play most of those songs.

There’s still a couple that we won’t touch, because they’re just terrible. The songs we really do like playing are songs like “Vitamin,” “New Skin,” and “Summer Romance.” We’ve done revisited versions of “Redefine” and “Nebula.” Songs that are sort of more definitively S.C.I.E.N.C.E. And there’s a couple of the more quote-unquote album tracks that are just kind of ridiculous, that we don’t really fuck with. One day we might.”

8” is available in stores now.