April 21, 2002
From the suburban musical hotbed of Calabasas, California
and their debut single "The Energy" is in
the radio.wazee spotlight this week. You can find
it on their debut album on Atlantic "Dirty Sexy
Knights In Paris."
already made a name for themselves via ecstatic live
performances up and down the West Coast, quartet Audiovent
has been making music together for nearly a decade.
Inspired by an eclectic variety of old-school rock
and soul, the rockstar lifestyle is a family affair
for the band: singer Jason Boyd and guitarist Ben
Einziger are the brothers of Incubus
vocalist Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger.
Aside from that, bassist Paul Fried is Ben and Mike's
stepbrother. Audiovent are capped off by drummer Jamin
Wilcox, son of Jon Wilcox from Todd Rundgren's Utopia.
Though the blood connections are undeniable, Audiovent
(formerly known as Vent, they changed their name for
legal reasons) says they aren’t ‘Incubus Jr.’ Though
Jason’s voice sounds a lot like his heartthrob brother’s,
he says that’s where the similarities end. "We're
influenced by different people, so that's what separates
us," he explained. "I'm more into the classic
rock sound like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
and David Bowie, and I think he's more into Mike Patton
and things like that."
Naturally, Boyd likes to downplay
the "whole Incubus thing." He insisted Audiovent
has never asked for nor received direct help from
Incubus, and that when he met Ben Einziger in junior
high at AE Wright Middle School, he had no idea Brandon
was already jamming with Ben's brother. "It's
kind of like fate brought us together," Jason
said. "We started only a little bit after Incubus
did. We've been together as a band for nine years
and we all grew up together. We're best friends."
The follow-up to their 1999 indie
debut "Papa's Dojo," on "Dirty Sexy
Knights In Paris" Audiovent worked with Gavin
Mackillop (Goo Goo Dolls). The first single, "Energy,"
is about Boyd's first true love, with whom he parted
ways during the album's creation. "’Energy’ and
a lot of the record was written during the breakup,"
he said. "And that song in particular is about
my realization that I can't be dependent on any one
person except myself. It's just a constant reminder
of where I was at that point in my life and now the
song just lets me know that I can't get back there
Audiovent is currently on a U.S.
tour with another band boasting sibling connections:
Adema. Adema's frontman, Marky Chavez, is of course
the half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis. The tour
wraps up May 16th in Norfolk, Virginia at the NorVa.