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Formed by four high school friends, Incubus is now one of the most commercially successful alternative rock bands around. The group has been ruling charts for over the past two decades and a lot of it is down to its unique sound. During their journey, they have not only sold millions of concert tickets but have also won one Billboard Music Award in the category of, ‘Modern Rock Track of the Year’ for their chart-topping single, Drive. Plus, the quintet has also come out with some famous albums like, ‘Make Yourself’ and ‘Morning View.’
This year, fans of alternative rock music were treated to new Incubus music as the group dropped its latest album, ‘8.’ It is their first album in six years. They are now ready to share their new songs with the world and are going to hit the road to promote their most recent studio effort. They are known for putting up thrilling live performances so, to experience that, book your Incubus tickets now.
Early Life & Influences
Incubus credit many legendary bands for influencing them. Among them are names like Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In an interview with KROQ, the group’s lead member, Brandon Boyd stated,
“When we started our band I was fifteen. I’ve very recently been reminiscing on how lucky we were or how lucky I felt now to be that particular age at that particular time, because at that time music got turned on it’s ear. We were listing to bands like Primus, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, we also got into Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine. We were basically so inspired by music, that we decided to make music on our own.”
Incubus was incepted in 1991 when four friends, Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, Jose Pasillas and Alex Katunich, who were students at the Calabasas High School at the time, decided to form a band. The quartet began to build quite a reputation by performing gigs on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip in venues like, the Troubadour, the Whisky a Go Go and The Roxy. They later met producer Jim Wilrt who worked on the group’s early releases. Soon in 1995, the band released its first two-track EP titled, ‘Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout Root Beer.’ That was followed by the first LP, ‘Fungus Amoungus.’ The album was released on Incubus record label, Stopuglynailfungus Music On Chillum.
Breakthrough & Recognition
They were then discovered by Sony’s Immortal Records now known as Epic Records’ A&R, Paul Pontius who helped the group sign a seven-album deal with the company. After releasing their first gold selling album, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’ in 1997, which also made VH1’s list of, ‘The 12 Most Underrated Nu Metal Albums,’ they dropped, ‘Make Yourself’ in 1999. It was their first studio effort to record multi-platinum level sales in the United States and Australia whereas it went on to sell more than a million copies in countries like, Canada and New Zealand.
‘Make Yourself’ featured multiple hit songs which later became alternative rock anthems. Stellar and I Miss You became part of video games, ‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rocksmith’ respectively. Moreover, the album was included in the list of, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ and received four stars out of five from AllMusic.
Incubus’s popularity grew when they recorded albums like, ‘Morning View’ and ‘A Crow Left of the Murder…’ These two LPs saw the light of day in 2001 and 2004 respectively. The former was certified double platinum in three countries, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. It reached second spot on the Billboard 200 and received applause from publications like, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. ‘Morning View’ was also mentioned in Hard Rock Magazine’s book of, ‘The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.’
Notable Work and Album Releases
Incubus has spawned eight studio albums in the past twenty five years. They reached the pinnacle when they released their studio record, ‘Light Grenades’ in 2006. The album debuted at the first spot on the Billboard 200 and gave four singles out of which, Anna Molly and Love Hurts landed at the first spot on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
After a gap of five years, in 2011, Incubus returned to the spotlight by coming out with their LP, ‘If Not Now, When?’ It received mixed reviews from the critics and received three and a half stars from AllMusic.
Four live, two compilation and four video albums have also been put out by Incubus.
Incubus – What’s Next
In 2017, the world saw Incubus make their comeback with their latest album, ‘8.’ The record marked their first release through Island Records. ‘8’ featured eleven hard hitting songs on the track-list including, State of the Art, Undefeated and When I Become A Man.
The group is now ready to tour and will be making its way around different cities like, Louisville, Morison, Santa Barbara and Las Vegas to support its eighth studio effort. If you can’t wait to watch them live then grab your Incubus tickets 2017. Do it today because they are in high demand.