The moment that Incubus first came onto my radar was when I happened to channel surf into their video for the song “Pardon Me,” as it was playing on MTV. For whatever reason, that song just pulled me in and I found myself scouring the local music stores for anything and everything that Incubus had released.
It was a momentary fascination that I’ve never regretted.
Since that idle moment of flipping through channels on my television, a few years have passed. Thankfully, instead of doing the typical “let’s wait 3-4 years between albums” that many bands seem to favor, incubus have been consistently putting out good music.
Since Make Yourself, the album that “Pardon Me” came from, they’ve put out Morning View, A Crow Left of Murder, and their new album, Light Grenades. That’s a respectable bunch of albums right there, I’ll have you know.
Instead of simply keeping to the formula that got them into the mainstream notice, Incubus have had the fortune of being comprised of guys that are stubbornly being true to themselves. They don’t want to put out cookie-cutter albums that all sound alike.
They’ve grown and matured on each record, you see. How many current bands are even given the chance to mature and make their way through what looks to be a long career of making music, these days? How many bands even have the talent to mature like that?
Not many mainstream ones, that’s for sure.
Light Grenades, which is spinning in my stereo as I type this, took me a few listens to get into. I like that. Music should occasionally frustrate and challenge ME to keep up with IT, instead of the other way around. In a way, it is as if Incubus is challenging me to mature along with their music.