Part 10 of 10
Simply For The Love Of Music - The History of Incubus
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After the release of Boyd's first solo album, The Wild Trapeze on July 6, 2010, it was announced that Incubus would head back into the studio to begin writing and recording a new studio album, to be released on July 12. The band played a handful of South American tour dates in October 2010, also debuting a new song "Surface to Air."
Incubus announced in March 2011 that the new album was complete and would be released in "August or September" according to Brandon Boyd. Boyd also stated that "this new record is different from anything that we've done."
On April 2, 2011, band manager Steve Rennie confirmed that the new album has been named, If Not Now, When?. It was released on July 12, 2011. The album's lead single is "Adolescents" and it was posted on the band's website on April 4, 2011.
On April 28, 2011, Incubus premiered the video for Adolescents and also released a video with behind the scenes footage. The band revealed that they would tour for 18 months following the release of the record.
To promote the release of If Not Now, When?, the band took part in a participatory media exhibit and real-time documentary called Incubus HQ Live that allowed unprecedented fan access and interaction. Footage, music and art from the seven day event became available as a special edition box set in July 2012.
Mike has said that he is writing music for an orchestral project and also for Incubus. He states in a video (Mikey Gear Tour part II), "My hope is to just write lots of music and then by the time we get to the point to where we're going to finish the tour I'll have a lot of music written and then people won't have to wait five more years for another album (laughs)."
The band joined Linkin Park as co-headliners on the 2012 edition of the Honda Civic Tour. Incubus hinted that they will go on hiatus following the end of the 2012 Honda Civic Tour, but their manager has stated that Incubus will only take a break after the tour, not a hiatus.
In October 2012 the band released their second compilation album. The album, entitled The Essential Incubus includes songs spanning the band's major label career, from 1997's S.C.I.E.N.C.E. to 2011's If Not Now, When?.
In August 2013, the band announced a South American tour to take place later that year.
On January 11, 2014, Steve Rennie, Incubus’ Manager, announced that he was “retiring”.
Brandon Boyd http://brandonboyd.me/
His more recent publications include, From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss, was also published by Endophasia in 2007 and "So The Echo" which was published in January of 2013 and consists of his artwork from the past 5 years. In recent years, Brandon Boyd has focused on making fine art, specifically painting, and on September 8, 2008 celebrated the opening of his first solo show, titled "Ectoplasm," at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
On July 6, 2010, Boyd announced that his debut solo album, The Wild Trapeze was released. On June 21, 2010, a music video for Boyd's first single from The Wild Trapeze, entitled "Runaway Train," was released online. A second music video was released for the album, for the song "Last Night a Passenger" in October 2010.
On January 18, 2013 Brandon announced his new band, Sons of the Sea. With Incubus on indefinite hiatus, Sons of the Sea will tour 2013 and 2014. On May 29, 2013 Brandon released a teaser video announcing the name of the album,Sons of the Sea.
Forced Curvature of Reflective Surfaces
On Saturday, November 21, 2009, Einziger participated in the premiere event of the West Coast, Left Coast festival titled "EUREKA!". Einziger performed his latest musical endeavour, a piece called "Forced Curvature of Reflective Surfaces". Forced Curvature was inspired by a combination of the physical appearance of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Einziger's studies in the philosophy of quantum mechanics.
The music was written for 12 electric guitars (played with a slide), 12 strings (violin, cello), and is based on the glissando. The instruments have been orchestrated in terms of corresponding high and low registers, that reflect each other as though being viewed through a mirror. The exterior shape of Disney Hall informed the shape of the sounds created and by necessity, was first drawn visually in the form of architectural-like renderings, before being committed to paper in the form of a hand-written score.
"[Disney Hall] is obviously a solid, immobile structure, but it looks like a series of reflective waves that have been frozen in a specific state at a specific place in time, and I wanted to try and imagine what it might sound like if that idea were to be expressed as waves of sound. Adding a 4th dimension of time to the picture would force the structure into a Minkowskian space-time manifold, and it would therefore become directional. It would be as though time itself were forcing the curvature of the reflective material in a forward-motion, because time appears to be directional."
The piece has no apparent formal structure and has been through-composed. All of the instruments will be fused together, forming 2 distinct 'mirror images'. The strings and guitars combined will not sound like separate groups of instruments, but rather as dense units of a single instrument uncharacteristic of entirely one or the other.
Einziger conceived of the piece at Harvard University where he was a student 2008-2011. Harvard & studies Einziger has studied the history and philosophy of physics with physicist/historian, Dr. Peter Galison. He has a profound interest in the physical sciences. In 2008 he contributed to an article on the topic of human evolution with evolutionary biology figure and Brown University professor Dr. Kenneth Miller.
Other recent works
In 2009, Einziger orchestrated and recorded the additional strings for the Thirty Seconds to Mars third album This Is War. In 2012 Einziger began working with progressive house artist Avicii on the EDM producer's latest studio recording Wake Me Up! for the his debut studio album True. Einziger helped premiere the song live at Ultra 15 along with bandmates Jose Pasillas, Ben Kenney and country music legend Mac Davis. As of July 2013, the song was ranked No. 1 on the charts in 39 countries. Einziger will be working music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr and David A. Stewart.
On September 2, 2010, Kenney announced that his fourth solo album, Burn The Tapes was released. Ben's website, benkenney.com, allows the download of all his solo work plus the 2003 The Division Group album. The DVD documentary from the "Burn the Tapes" album can be seen on the site.
Jose Pasillas II
it seems as though Pasillas is ready to emerge from behind the drum kit into an all new spotlight. Harnessing the same love for music that has made him one of the genre’s most respected names, Pasillas has created a visual experience that manages to freezeframe rhythm in a way few others have imagined. Jose Pasillas has always been an artist, however, this time, he is going at it all on his own.
“As far back as four, five, six years old, I can always remember drawing. My Godmother was someone I was really close to and she would always put a pencil and paper in my hand to occupy my time,” Pasillas recalled. During the garage days of Incubus, both Pasillas and frontman Brandon Boyd were art students at Calabasas High. The common ground would only lend itself to the creative output of the band throughout their career. “I did lots of artwork for the band, t-shirts and album art. There were always some parallels there musically and visually. I had always gotten compliments on my work and really felt like it was time to do something of my own.”
Opening November 1, 2012, “Abstract +Rhythm Landscapes” marks a milestone for Pasillas that remains truly unique. “I am used to being in a collaborative environment and this is the first collection of my creative side outside of the band. I definitely have some insecurities, but it’s a natural feeling.” Cameras, glow in the dark drumsticks, paint, and canvases, resulted in some 100 pieces of original artwork from Pasillas. The concept? Capturing rhythm on a canvas. Pasillas explains just how he managed to get that done. “I sat down and played 30 to 60 seconds of drums with glow in the dark drum sticks. From there I took those images and transferred them to a canvas and began altering the images by hand and painting over the top. It’s taking rhythm and providing a visual component to it. It is still music based, but it’s looking at it in a completely different medium.”