Incubus announced their upcoming album 8, released the song "Nimble Bastard," and announced an upcoming tour all in one day! Incubus is touring with Jimmy Eat World during the summer of 2017. See the "Incubus/Jimmy Eat World 2017 Tour" when it comes to a venue near you in July and August.
When you think of bands that approach music as an art form rather than a marketing scheme, what band comes to mind? Incubus, of course! At a time when grunge was morphing into nu metal and pop was mutating into garbage, Incubus busted onto the scene with tunes that incorporated all of the classic styles as well as some new ones that helped facelift mainstream music.
Incubus began in the early 90s as a high school jam group scoring gigs at all-age shows in clubs riddled around Calabasas, CA. With a little help from industry contact and math teach, Joanne Stanulonis, Incubus recorded their first album, Fungus Amongus (1995). While on tour that year, singer Brandon Boyd and the rest of the band found inspiration for their first studio album release "Enjoy Incubus" in 1997. That same year, Incubus' second studio album, the funk-filled S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was released to an audience who welcomed the new sound with open arms. Combining funk, jazz, spoken word, and rock, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. gave these dredded dudes street cred for breaking barriers on a major record label. Life became quite busy for singer Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger, bassist Dirk Lance, drummer Jose Pasillas, and keyboardist Chris Kilmore, who replaced guitarist Gavin Coppel that year.
When Incubus concerts came to a close in 1998, the band hit the recording studio again for their third album, Make Yourself. For original Incubus fans, the album exhibits a definite divergence in the band's sound; it has a more finished quality, mellower pace, and detailed lyrics, while still staying true to their funk roots.
Finding themselves in some of the most unlikely of places, Incubus headed to a beachside mansion in Malibu to record their fourth album Morning View before going on an Incubus tour with Hoobastank. The album was released in 2001 and remained in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top 200. "Wish You Were Here," their first single off of the album stayed in the No. 2 spot on the Modern Rock Charts as well. "Drive," another single off of the album, earned Incubus an award for Billboard's Modern Rock Single of the Year. Dirk Lance left the group and was seamlessly replaced with The Roots' guitarist Ben Kenney.
After a lofty lawsuit situation with Sony in 2003 due to insufficient compensation the band was rewarded in a settlement that sprung forth A Crow Left of the Murder, an album that, according to guitarist Einzinger, was "very energetic and fast, and a lot of it's more technical." Their first single off the album, "Megalomaniac," stirred up some controversy as a potential commentary toward the state of politics at the time; therefore, the single's airplay was banned to nighttime viewing. A Crow Left of the Murder was released in 2004 and garnered comparisons to the temper tantrum style of Seattle grunge, delivering a more edgier sound. The Incubus world tour that year included Ben Kweller, Hundred Reasons, the Music, Brand New, Sparta and the Walkman.
Light Grenades was released in 2006 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts -- their first ever position in the top slot. "Anna Molly," the first single off the album, was well-received by fans; the music video, which was critically acclaimed, followed a woman who was presumed dead, only to be revived before her autopsy. Incubus tour dates in 2007 were postponed due to Mike Einziger's carpal tunnel surgery before playing a few Incubus concerts in Australia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. In 2008, Brandon Boyd announced that the band was going on a hiatus for school (Boyd attended art school while Einziger went to Harvard Music School for composition).
However, much to the surprise of avid Incubus fans around the world, Incubus announced a reunion in 2009 along with a Greatest Hits album, Monuments and Melodies, which was released in June 2009. Then, the band released If Not Now, When? in 2011. They toured with Deftones in 2015. Now they're back again in 2017 with an upcoming album 8 and a new single "Nimble Bastard." They are co-headlining tour with Jimmy Eat World! See the two bands rock this summer.
Fungus Amongus (1995)
Make Yourself (1999)
Morning View (2001)
A Crow Left of the Murder... (2004)
Light Grenades (2006)
If Not Now, When? (2011)
8 (upcoming 2017)