Incubus is a five-man alternative rock band based out of Calabasas, California. Members include Brandon Boyd (vocals and percussion), Mike Einziger (guitar), Ben Kenney (bass), Jose Pasillas (drums) and DJ Kilmore (turntables). The band has enjoyed great success over their 21-year long career, with singles like "Drive" and "Wish You Were Here" making them household names.
Incubus has enjoyed multi-platinum album success with albums such as 1999's Make Yourself and 2001's Morning View. Incubus' latest album, Light Grenades, was released in November 2006. The album went straight to the top of the charts in the U.S. due to the success of first single "Anna-Molly". Their latest album If Not Now, When? was released in 2011. In 2012, Incubus is co-headlining the Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park.
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Incubus's base members, vocalist Brandon Boyd, drummer Jose Pasillas and guitarist Mike Einziger, met in elementary school. They grew up together surfing and skateboarding. In Calabasas High School, at the age of fifteen, they formed the band with bassist Alex Katunich. After struggling to decide on a band name, Mike found the word "incubus" in a thesaurus, and adopted it as the band's new name (the word is actually the name for a mythological demon that would seduce sleeping women). Incubus immediately began writing music and started to play more and more frequently, graduating from parties to small clubs. While in the 11th grade, Mike found a $100 bill on the ground, and with that money, the band did their first "Pay to Play" gig in Hollywood at the Roxy. They also performed at dozens of shows at other sunset strip clubs such as the Whisky and The Troubadour. Astonishingly, many of these performances were sold out.
Incubus came to prominence with the release of their second studio album, S.C.I.E.N.C.E., in September 1997. After constant touring throughout 1998, and after selling over 100,000 copies of S.C.I.E.N.C.E. without the support of radio or MTV, Incubus then took some time off to record their new album Make Yourself. The album was released in October 1999. Right after their album's release, the band went on tour with Primus and Buckethead, a tour which lasted for the remainder of the year. The first song that kicked off the album, "Privilege", was featured on MTV Sports: Pure Ride for the PSX. Incubus also released the single, "Pardon Me", but it was initially not well-received by radio stations. Brandon and Mike decided to perform a live acoustic version of the song at the few radio stations who were showing interest, and this in turn spread the word of the song. Many radio stations began to play the acoustic version, including the highly influential Los Angeles radio giant KROQ.
The band took a break during the first part of 2001 before returning to recording in Malibu, California, in a beautiful beach side mansion, to record their follow up album, which would later become known as Morning View. The first single from the album "Wish You Were Here", instantly began to climb up the Modern Rock charts, reaching #2 by early September.
Incubus' latest album, Light Grenades, was released in late 2006.