David Byrnes' hair is stark white, but he has the same young face and flair for fashion that helped make him famous as the frontman for the band Talking Heads. He wears white from the waist down topped with a blue guyabera shirt. He looks like David Byrne on vacation.

Byrne has been pushing the edge of art for decades. His latest project, a tour-turned-theatrical show called "American Utopia," is just his latest way he's reinventing himself. It starts in Boston before it heads to Broadway, and Byrne sat down with WGBH News to talk about the show and what's been on his mind lately.

Byrne actually has roots close to Boston.

"I went to school and lived for a little while in Providence," he said. Byrne attended the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970. "So this would be the big city, [and] we'd come up for visits to the big city."

He said he's toured a lot, but this is the first time he's doing shows every night, back to back.

"It's really exciting [and] sort of terrifying," said Byrne. "In a certain way, it should balance out because even though there are more shows there isn't all the travel, and travel can be exhausting."

"American Utopia" features performers in suits, but barefoot, creating an effect he described as a kind of vulnerability to the people on stage. The show also features the band “untethered” from the regular confines of their musical instruments — particularly the drummers.

“What if you took the various elements of the drum kit and percussion and assigned it to different players?” he asked. “How many would it take? So we're doing it with six. And together they make one sound.”

Byrne also performs a series of monologues in between the songs about various topics that inspire him. One of them has Byrne onstage holding a human brain.

“I'd read something about babies brains recently,” he said. “They evolve and learn not by making more neural connections but by severing them. The ones that are meaningful for them … get strengthened and the other ones fall aside.”

Byrne said he’s fascinated by the idea of growing by elimination.

“It’s destructive, but it’s also creative,” he said. “And I thought that's a really interesting little story, that how we come in to be who we are is often by taking things away.”

The story also led him to think about people's experiences with psychedelic drugs. He said that some people say they feel like all the connections in their brains return for a moment, and that they can see things in ways they couldn’t see them before.

“And I thought maybe that’s what it’s like for a baby,” he said. “And then gradually it coalesces into something that we recognize as … reality.”

“Born trippin’,” he said with a laugh.