As it nears the end of its cycle promoting 2011's "If Not Now, When?", Incubus' plan "is to have no plan" according to frontman Brandon Boyd.
"We have no plans, to tell you the truth, at the moment," Boyd told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters to promote Incubus' Honda Civic Tour run with Linkin Park and Mutemath, which kicks off Aug. 14 in Boston. "I have been tinkering around, potentially, with a second solo record. That's probably the most likely scenario. But as far as Incubus right now, we'll probably take another break. Hopefully it won't be as long (as the five-year wait for "If Not Now, When?") but what we'd like to do is arrive with the best of intentions and try to create music from a sense of urgency as well as purity and not necessarily based on a schedule. I know that can be frustrating for our listeners and stuff, but I think we'll make better music as a result." Boyd also noted that Incubus has entered a new world order on its business side. "If Not Now, When?" wrapped up the group's deal with Epic Records (Legacy Recordings is putting out the upcoming "Incubus HQ Live" on Aug. 14), and Boyd said he and his bandmates are "trying to get our bearings to what we should do next, just as a band but also a band that is off in new territory again... I'm personally very excited about being in complete control, being a total control freak. That doesn't mean we wouldn't sign with another record label at some point, but it would have to be very, very specific, not get into just a good old fashioned record deal again, if they even exist."
Boyd said Incubus' tenure with Epic ended on an unhappy but educational note, with "If Not Now, When?" caught up in the label's transition to new chairman L.A. Reid. "There was a lot of changing of the guard sort of going on...(Reid) wasn't quite there yet, even though he's the guy," Boyd recalls. "There was a real lack of direction and leadership when we kind of needed it most. It was hard and it was frustrating, but it was also very telling for us and perhaps educational because we were forced into ingenuity... It forced us into thinking outside of that normal music industry paradigm we had gotten so accustomed to. So in that sense the lack of attention from our record label... was really good and really beneficial for us as a band because it gave us a sense of what we might be doing in the coming years."
Boyd says the Incubus HQ Live project documented on the three upcoming multi-disc packages was a response to that changing relationship with Epic. The group set up shop for six nights in a Los Angeles storefront, playing intimate shows for fans and streaming them online. Boyd says the project gave Incubus "ideas about subscription-based concerts online" along with other ideas for future marketing and distribution. "It ended up being a really scary and stressful project," Boyd acknowledges, "but the fruits of it are still kind of revealing themselves."
Thanks to Billboard for the report.