Sitting in the studio with Kevin and Bean, Brandon Boyd from Incubus jokes “This is my radio voice.” His iconic timbre is as silky smooth as an angel who just sipped honey; pure and sweet and sexy, all in one breath. Boyd is joined by legendary producer Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with him on their current music collaboration called Sons of The Sea. The project highlights the melodic quality of Boyd’s voice with a different, more shimmering sound than Incubus. O’Brien admits that while he did produce the last three Incubus records and has known Incubus for over ten years he chose to do the Sons of the Sea project because he has a rule to never turn down as great a voice as Boyd’s.
“We’ve known each other for so long and from my position, there’s a rule in my head, anytime a really good singer wants to do something with you, you just say yes,” confessed O’Brien. “That’s very difficult to find and you just go, ‘OK, let’s see what happens here.’ And Brendan happens to be a fairly normal guy when it comes to showing up on time and being a decent person–which is also difficult to find…homeboy kind of does both.”
O’Brien–who has produced an epic list of artists including the Killers, Offspring, and Pearl Jam (with whom he was playing with during their lightning storm fiasco show at Wrigley Field this year)—says that “from right away” the project was fun and easy. They worked on “Lady Black” and went into Sons of the Sea with no concepts for the future.