Barely three years since their last concert here, alternative rock quintet Incubus—composed of Brandon Boyd (vocals), Mike Einziger (guitar), Jose Pasillas (drums), Ben Kenney (bass), and DJ Kilmore—is back to blow the roof off the Philippines.
The brainchild of schoolmates Boyd, Einziger, and Pasillas are responsible for the millenium smashes "Drive" and "Pardon Me" (from their sophomore album, Make Yourself). Last year, they unveiled their eighth record, aptly named 8, two decades after their first major label release, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Incubus has achieved commercial success with their radio-friendly songs and cutting-edge musicianship. Thanks also in part to their frontman's exceptional vocal style, which can easily make the ladies faint and leave guys in awe. He makes their tracks get stuck in people's heads. But Boyd's clever individuality only starts with the way he sings:
As an author
Boyd has penned three titles to his name—White Fluffy Clouds: Found Inspiration Moving Forward (2003), From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss (2007), and So The Echo (2013). Although mostly filled with artworks and lyrics, these published journals that also contain his thoughts are avenues for fans to connect with him. He told NYLON, "What am I trying to accomplish in sharing this material? Its sharing. I think that we are at our best selves when we are communicating authentically."
As someone who is inked
The man's skin is a tattoo artist's fantasy come to life—his most recognized ink being the Sanskrit mantra Om mani padme hum, which refers to the six paramitas, on his forearms. In an interview with MTV, Boyd shared the story behind the Eye of Horus (ankle) that he got when he was 15. "It has a scar that runs straight through it. It was cut in half in an accident and the doctor used it to line the skin back up." We're not even touching on that massive All Seeing-Eye back tattoo.
As a painter
Growing up in a household that nurtured his creative genius, the virtuoso eventually branched out to other mediums while cultivating his ingenuity. He once dabbled in photography and murals, but fell in love with painting. His approach, as Boyd puts it, is "personal, freeform, and ambiguous," owing to a vivid childhood. Most of his drawings serve as his travelogue, where he incorporates elements of "magic, serendipity, curiosity and mystery."
As a philanthropist
His work as a visual artist is deeply tied to his numerous advocacies, first and foremost is environmental activism. Boyd was recognized by Heal the Bay for his efforts in protecting marine life. He and the rest of Incubus established The Make Yourself Foundation in 2003 "as a vehicle for its members to support causes they care about." Some of their past grants benefited the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
As an artist
All one has to do is look at and listen to their discography to determine Boyd's worth as a music icon. Two multi-platinum albums (Make Yourself, Morning View), four No. 1 singles ("Drive," "Megalomaniac," "Anna Molly," "Love Hurts"), and an enduring fanbase are testament to the aternative rock outfit's accomplishment. And maybe to prove that there is life outside Incubus, he introduced the solo record The Wild Trapeze and new group Sons of the Sea.
Incubus Live in Manila 2018 happens on Saturday, February 17, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum