THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
Incubus has been a band for me awhile that I've either loved or ignored. For quite a few years I was a really big fan. Even seen them alone, because I just wanted to. I got all the albums, checked them out when they played here and really spent a lot of time checking out their music.Today we’re going to talk about some of their better tracks, as well as why a lot of people don't take them seriously even though they've had more than a few consistent albums. Enjoy it
Even early on the band been slightly outside the box. The early albums bring on the stylings of everything from jam, the funk and even a twist of nu metal. “Science” was pretty great, as was “Fungus Amongus,” but i feel like the band really molded into brilliant maturing artists with “Make Yourself,” and the brilliant musings of “Morning View.” These records were absorbed with energy. Some energy was frantic and blasting, while others were more relaxed and romantic. Even a track like “Mexico” was a sleeper dramatic song no one saw coming for the band. Had the band not come initially from that nu metal curse, I think people would have given them more credit. One of the funkiest songs the band has is “Sick Sad Little World.” the bass line alone is heavy and rocking like one of the early RHCP tracks. Just a tremendous track perfect for driving.
So yeah over the years the band has proven themselves to be consistently engaging. But for some reason you rarely hear their name when it’s time to talk brilliant modern rock band. Which for me is somewhat baffling. Sure they have some standard fare sprinkled throughout, but in many of these records lies things that not only wouldn’t you hear on the radio, but tracks that also surprise you at how well Boyd, Einziger and company are able to execute these ideas.
One of the best examples of this are “In the Company of Wolves.” At first the track seems familiar and a retread of the typical Incubus sound, but as the song takes over and moves ahead, the band takes a very different approach. The resulting minutes are strange, meandering and powerful, and ultimately the band gets better because of the risks they still choose to take.
In closing, yeah they have some tracks that don’t pull you in, but plenty of tracks do, so next time you want to discount incubus and write them off as generic, do yourself a favor and check them out more than what you hear on the radio. You might end up being converted.
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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