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If you still have that Brandon Boyd poster on your wall, waiting for Incubus’ next tour to come to a city near you, you are in luck. On Tuesday the multi-platinum band will be performing at Raley Field, introducing new songs from their seventh studio album, “If Not Now, When?” Special guest AWOLNATION is set to open the concert.
Incubus has sold over 13 million albums worldwide in their 20-year career. They are known for climactic riffs, hypnotizing melodies and Boyd’s vocals. It’s about time they are back.
The alternative rock band took a break from touring to focus on family, solo albums and art school. Fans have held strong for the last few years after the 2006 album, “Light Grenades.” In July 2011, the band presented fans with an 11-track album, with singles like “Adolescents” and “Promises, Promises.“ The new album differs from the previous ones with a more mature sound.
The album cover features Boyd walking on a tightrope. Are they reaching for a new sound? The meaning is open for interpretation. Drummer Jose Pasillas shared insights on new album and the upcoming concert at Raley Field. Here are the highlights of that interview:
It’s been five years since “Light Grenades.” Did you guys put more work on this album than others? Why the delay? We’ve put as much work into it as any other record. It was time for us to go away for a little bit after our last record. We took some time off after that record cycle, thought it was time for us to take a little break. And when we were ready we started this record.
How did you approach this album differently? What were some of the collective influences for this new album? We approached it the same way, in the sense that we get together. We start with a simple idea and it collectively comes together. One biggest difference is we did that in the studio with each song instead of spending months writing the song in pre-production. We did it right then and there, in the more spontaneous environment. That was something different for us.
So far how do you think the response is to this new album? So far it’s been great. We have a lot of kids singing along at every concert with our new material.
When you’re not on tour, what is life like? I have a family, so I am at home with my family. I have been painting all my life. I continue to do that in my spare time. Playing music all the time.
Do you and Brandon collaborate on album covers, etc.? We have in the past. “A Crow Left of the Murder…” is an example of that. That’s the only record we have done that. Maybe we will do that in the future.
What does this album cover represent? Are you guys embarking on a new sound, a new direction, or reaching new heights? Yep, all of that, and sort of going for it now, rather than later.
What bands or music do you listen to? What’s on your iPod? The Bad Brains, Paul Simon, Fiction Place, Boxcar Racer, The Beatles, Queen, Radiohead, all sorts of bands.
Can you tell me more about the Make Yourself Foundation? About seven or eight years ago, we decided that it was time to help out in a way that we never have before. We started the Make Yourself Foundation. Every tour we go on we set aside a certain amount of tickets to donate to the foundation. Throughout the year we pull money into it, and at the end of the year we figure out which foundations we want to contribute to, and we delegate from that point where the money goes to. It’s been pretty amazing. We have probably collected over a billion dollars over the last four to six years. It’s been great.
Which specific foundations has Incubus donated to? Off the top of my head we have donated to the Surfrider Foundation, and we are focusing on foundations that keep art in schools. There will probably be a few new foundations we will donate to this year.
Where do you guys see yourselves as far as the band goes in five years? We probably will be working on maybe a new record. It’s kind of too far out to tell. We’re probably going to tour until the end of 2012 and then probably take a good amount of time off, so maybe around that time we’ll be getting ready to start a new record.
Sacramento will welcome you guys when you come into town. Anything you have to say for your Sacramento fans? Here we come!!
Tickets for Incubus can be purchased at the Raley Field ticket office or from Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $40 plus tax and fees. Concert starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.raleyfield.com.