Press and Reviews
Fire and Bone Review
"There’s nobody else quite like Incus. The Boston outfit melds art rock, gothic cabaret, klezmer, Balkan folk, Arabic, African, and Native American musics and any other belly-danceable noise into a compelling sound. Songwriter/visionary Jason Cohen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting is a “ritual facilitator,” and his interfaith spirituality drives the band as much as his musical ideals. For all Cohen’s devotion to a higher calling, though, he never forgets that these songs must engage on a musical level. Piano, accordion, strings and percussion interlace music that alternately thrills and soothes, swirls, and swoons. Cohen and his larynx partners provide clear, passionate vocals singing lyrics more personal than proselytizing. "
- Big Takeover Magazine
"One of the surprises of the festival was the band Incus, from Jamaica Plain, MA. I’m thankful for their self-labeled World Tribal Medicine Rock description because what they do is so unique and powerful a lesser designation would do them a disservice. Incus takes you on a ride and puts on quite a show."
- High Times
Incus chosen as Relix Magazine's Up and Coming Band, Jan. 09
Jason's interview on Israeli National Radio aired April, 2010
Interview: INCUS Worlds Away by Shady
"Heading out from the palatial Castle de Shady, I usually know what to expect when I interview a band. I research the music, band history, and at times I try to gain a sense of the inner workings of the subject’s personality. Not that I haven’t had challenges in my rather long tenure at the Noise. Still, Incus is completely different in breed, vibe and execution than any other band that I’ve come in contact with. They’re self proclaimed “world, tribal, medicine rock.” The band, featuring Jason Cohen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting (vocals, keyboards, accordion, and percussion), Chris Baum (violin, vocals), Jacob Sirois (drum kit and percussion), Eli Carlton-Pearson (acoustic guitar and whatar), Katie Quarrier (vocals and occasional aerial silk), Kellianna (vocals), Billy Woods (percussion), Michael Wall (percussion), Kira Meade (cello), Sarah Wood, and Naraya (dance magic) blends elements of these seemingly disparate brands of music. They combine them into a distinctive and seamless, almost otherworldly musical and spiritual journey. That might sound a bit over the top—and it probably is—yet somehow in a live setting, Incus communes with nature in a way most bands couldn’t dream of. Incus has played in front of gatherings big and small. In rock clubs and in the woods—literally, they will go into the woods build a fire and play in front of a crowd under the stars. The band has played festivals as well—sandwiched between reggae bands and metal bands. I met Jason Cohen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, the band’s leader, spiritual and otherwise, at the Common Ground in Allston. He is an approachable guy who dresses in a unique style and has an underlying mysticism that waits to be drawn out. The joint’s dark yet inviting atmosphere set a positive and warm mood and the ensuing madness took place over a couple of pints..."
"Incus seems to largely be a vehicle for compositions by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Jason Cohen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting. With a rotating cast of musicians on strings, brass, percussion, and vocals, Fire and Bone has an intimate, often meditative/tribal feel. The music borrows from various traditions. “Claudia Always Eyes” evokes the Middle East, while “Dancer Through Time” and “Will U Make Me Better” have a bluesy feel, despite the chamber/classical instrumentation. The humorous “Shine” and the closer “Weight (Wait)” could be from a cabaret, the latter track’s ending providing Fire and Bone’s most stirring moments of intensity. Anchoring all are Cohen’s earthy vocals, and lyrics largely featuring themes of longing or healing and salvation, usually through the power of another’s love. Beautiful female vocals credited to “SJ” grace several tracks, notably “All Hallow’s Eve,” where she sings the part of a ghost... "
- Progression Magazine
"up and coming progressive art rock"
- Steve Morse; Boston Globe
"It has been a long time since this reviewer was anxious to purchase a CD so expediently" - "beauty, grandeur, and majesty" - "a combination of haunting orchestral work, Rasputina-like rock and a mix of jungle like percussion."
- Mike Ventarola; Legend's Magazine
- Rob Tuck; Alternative Distribution Alliance
“They sing like a choir amonst a phenomenal durrming madness…”, “delicious sounds”
- Weekly Dig
"Incus is an interesting band to say the least, their sound is organic, their talent off the charts, musically they"re in the style of Tool – they should be huge…record labels are you listening? At one point they had FOUR drummers on stage, it sounded fantastic – the energy of their performance grips you from the get-go through to the encores."
- DJ Ian Ford - Albion / Bat Cave - NYC