Incubus scales Monuments, makes new Melodies
It’s not often that individual exploration can make a band stronger. But that’s exactly what happened to Incubus, whose members went off to pursue projects in art, movie and literature, even as they worked to finish their sixth studio album, named “Light Grenades” in late 2006. That record debuted to the of the charts, but the band’s hiatus would carry through 2008. Then came “Monuments and Melodies.”
For many artists, a greatest hits collection often serves as a segue between projects. For Incubus, “Monuments and Melodies” became a chance to showcase some brand new music, with the single “Black Heart Inertia” which was released in April 2009, and the album rolling out two months later. In addition to “Black Heart Inertia,” disc one also contained the brand new “Midnight Swim,” while Disc 2 showcased songs that were previously rejected demos from prior Incubus albums, as well as cover of Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy” and an acoustic version of “A Certain Shade of Green.” In all, it helped “Monuments and Melodies” to form the band’s fourth album that reached the Top 5 on the Billboard 200. It also allowed them to kick off a summer tour supporting the new project.
By 2010, the frontman and lead singer Brandon Boyd recorded his first solo album before Incubus returned from their break and joined together at the studio. The band then worked into 2011 to complete “If Not Now, When?” The July release included singles like “Adolescents” and “Promises, Promises,” and also this became the longest hiatus between studio albums of the band. They vowed to tour for 18 months supporting the release of the record, ultimately joining Linkin Park as theheadliners on the Honda Civic Tour in 2012.
In October 2012, Incubus released their second album collection. Known as “The Essential Incubus,” it contains songs collected from the band’s entire career.
If you saw some tenth graders by the names of Brandon Boyd (vocalist), Mike Einziger (guitarist), Alex Katunich (bass guitarist), and Jos? Pasillas (drummer), you wouldn’t expect them to form one of the most admired alternative metal bands in music history named Incubus. Formed in Calabasas, California, in 1991 after hard work and countless gigs all over California — and after recruiting DJ Lyfe, the hip-hop turntablist — the band finally hit the motherload.
Incubus Tickets – Universalizing Rock to Its Fullest
Their first release under the label was the small six-song EP Enjoy Incubus, which in 1997 started things off for the band; but it was not until the end of the year when they debuted with their first full-length album titled S.C.I.E.N.C.E. when they were really hitting it big. Incubus is famous for such hits as ‘Wish You Were Here,’ ‘Anna Molly,’ ‘Pardon Me,’ ‘Warning,’ ‘Nice to Know You,’ and ‘Stellar.’
Incubus Tickets – Their Unique Sound
Early on in their rock days, Incubus was very much influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers with their energetic funk-metal sound, but the band learned to incorporate many other styles — such as thrash, rap-metal, post-grunge rock, and some grinding alternative metal music reminiscent of Korn or the Deftones.