Incubus Announces Indefinite Hiatus After Honda Civic Tour

Incubus frontman, Brandon Boyd, says band plans to “have no plans” after promoting their latest album “If Not Now, When?”


In an interview with Billboard, Boyd said “We have no plans, to tell you the truth, at the moment.” Incubus is going with Linkin Park and Mutemath in a Honda Civic Tour run this August 14th in Boston and will probably be taking a break after the tour.


Boyd was also hinting of a second solo record and hopes that the band’s break won’t be as long as the five-year wait for Incubus’ “If Not Now, When?.” He said that “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.”


“If Not Now, When?” is also their last deal with Epic Records. Boyd mentioned that Incubus is entering a new world order in terms of business as their next release will be handled by Legacy Recordings and that their five-man team is trying to decide what to do next now that they are once again put in new territory. He added that, “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 confided that, although with an unhappy note, Incubus learned a lot from when they ended the contract with Epic Records. Production of their album coincided with the label’s transition to new chairman L.A. Reid who, the band felt, didn’t give them much attention. Boyd stated that there was a lack of direction and leadership when they needed it the most. On the good side, the experience “forced them to ingenuity” as they discovered the music industry on their own and may in fact be more beneficial for Incubus because it gave them “a sense of what [they] might be doing in the coming years.”


For more good news for the fans, Boyd said that “Incubus HQ Live” is the product of their changing relationship with Epic. Three multi-disc packages will be released from recordings of the six live storefront shows that they set up in Los Angeles. These shows were made intimate for the fans and were streamed online as well. Thanks to this experience, Boyd said that Incubus is thinking of giving subscription-based concerts online and that the band is now filled with other ideas for future marketing and distribution. Finally, Boyd said that “It ended up being a really scary and stressful project but the fruits of it are still kind of revealing themselves.”