Incubus have only reused video directors once before, yet they were inspired to return to Floria Sigismondi for their new single, “Talk Show on Mute.”
Renowned for her engaging visual aesthetic, the style of Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson, David Bowie and Incubus’ controversial “Megalomaniac”) was bolstered by her passion for the subject matter, making her the perfect choice to helm the clip for the second single from A Crow Left of the Murder.
“When we did the video for ’Megalomaniac,’ it was a really rewarding experience,” singer Brandon Boyd recalled of the album’s animated and politically slanted first video (see “Doves Devour A War Hawk In Incubus’ First Crow Video” ). “Not only the outcome, the process was very rewarding as well. She’s a great person. She knew exactly what she wanted to see and wasn’t afraid to ask for it. She wasn’t a screamer — some directors are screamers, they just yell at people. She didn’t do that, which was nice.
“She wrote a much more basic treatment for this video,” he continued. “Animals have taken over the world, and they’re hosting talk shows where human beings are doing stupid human tricks. I thought that was a great idea to accompany a song with as much of a post-Orwellian theme as it has.”
Despite the man-animal role reversals in the video, George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” wasn’t the classic piece of literature that Boyd had in mind when penning the tune. Instead, Boyd likened the song’s sentiment to the author’s 1949 novel, “1984,” with its accounts of the omnipresent Big Brother, the Thought Police (perceived mind-readers who arrest based on people’s thoughts) and the Ministry of Truth, which has the ability to rewrite history.
“The book scared me, but in a good way,” he said. “It scares you into vigilance. A lot of people don’t get it. They’re like, ’That’s so passé, “1984.” I mean, it’s 2004.’ But I think that right now, it has a poignancy that it otherwise wouldn’t have because it definitely seems like Big Brother is watching closer than he ever has. And television culture is at an all-time high or low, depending how you look at it.”
“There are a lot of themes that run throughout that book that are very prominent in today’s world,” added guitarist Mike Einzinger. “It’s actually kind of scary. War makers are the peacekeepers, for instance. It’s scary, and it’s the truth.”
Given these statements, coupled with the “Megalomaniac” video’s chief antihero being an oil-hungry politician, it should go without saying that the members of Incubus are proudly ready to exercise their civil liberty on November 2.
“We’re definitely voting, and we’re trying to encourage others around us and people listening to our music to vote,” Boyd said. “It sounds kind of cliché that the popular rock band gets out there and is ’trying to do their part,’ but in actuality, we’re in such a weird, dark time right now that people who aren’t voicing their opinions are letting others have their voice.”
“And I care enough to state my opinion now — it took me awhile,” he continued (see “Think You Know Who Incubus’ ’Megalomaniac’ Is About? Think Again” ). “In a lot of ways, we’ve had certain political stances before, but we decided to be a little bit more passive about them, and be a little bit more nebulous in the lyrics. But we’re in a time right now where it’s such a dangerous place, people really need to speak their minds.
“If everyone had spoken their minds, he wouldn’t have even become president in the first place!”