IncubusJulian Schratter

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd Says It Was “Strange” To Be Lumped In With “Deeply Misogynistic” Nü Metal Bands


While Incubus are currently out on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 2x multi-platinum album “Make Yourself“, they opted not to give their 1997 gold-selling sophomore album “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” the same treatment a few years back. Frontman Brandon Boyd has previously explained that the band intentionally distanced themselves from that nü metal-leaning record over the years, revealing that they felt that some of the songs from that record are “terrible”.

Much of the touring cycle around that album’s original release found Incubus out with artists from nü metal genre—something which was apparently uncomfortable for the band. However, much like the Deftones did, Incubus would later pull away from that scene, both musically and touring wise.

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In a newly published piece with Kerrang!, Boyd discussed the uneasiness the band had of being lumped in with the nü metal scene during that time, stating of it:

“It felt a little strange to be associated with some of the bands around that time who were very deeply misogynistic in their content and vibrationally kind of violent. It never felt like we were of the same ilk.

So for years it hurt our feelings that we were associated with so many of these bands who we felt we had no relationship with or similarity to.

That being said, there were a handful of those bands, like Korn, that embraced us and took us on tour. A lot of the time we were limping to each show, hungry and tired.

I remember, very specifically, Fieldy from Korn seeing us while we were looking at catering, salivating and knowing that we weren’t allowed to eat the food there.

And he goes, ‘Are you guys hungry?’ and we all just kind of looked at him like stray dogs and nodded and he said, ‘Go eat!’ And that was a huge moment. We really wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for the kindness of bands like Korn.”

He’s of course not the only one to feel that the nü metal scene of the late 1990s/early 2000s was in part toxic, as Korn frontman Jonathan Davis recently made similar comments. You can catch Incubus out now on the aforementioned 20th anniversary tour at the following dates:

With Dub Trio:

09/17 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
09/18 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
09/20 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
09/24 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
09/25 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
09/26 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
09/28 Dana Point, CA – Ohana Music and Arts Festival Doheny State Beach

With Wild Belle:

10/03 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
10/04 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
10/05 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
10/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
10/08 Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
10/09 Portland, ME – State Theater
10/11 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort
10/12 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
10/13 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
10/15 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
10/16 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre Detroit
10/18 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
10/19 Omaha, NE – Orpheum
10/21 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
10/24 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
10/26 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

With Le Butcherettes:

11/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall
11/09 Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
11/11 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
11/12 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
11/14 St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
11/15 Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace
11/16 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
11/18 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
11/19 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
11/20 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
11/22 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
11/23 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
11/24 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
11/26 New Orleans, LA – Fillmore New Orleans
11/27 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/29 Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
11/30 St. Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey Theater
12/01 West Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center
12/03 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
12/05 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
12/06 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
12/07 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues Myrtle Beach