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Re: Into The Summer - Song Discussion

Postby enjoincubus2 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:02 am

For sure things have changed without Renman in our lives. Loved the guy and he almost felt like a friend with his personable attitude on social media and sending free giveaways to me, asking to hangout, etc. Times change, people grow older, values change, and overall ambition alters for everyone involved. Its completely natural. One thing I am guilty of and always try to remind myself of is the simple fact that Incubus is still even a band.

To this day I remember the exact time and place I ever heard 'Drive'. I can't say for sure that it was the first time I ever heard Incubus, but considering I was in 6th grade, I'd say it probably was or more significantly, it was the most special.

I was fortunate enough to be sent away to hockey camp for a month in beautiful Banff, Alberta. It was the longest time I spent without seeing my parents and learned how to make relationships on the fly.

I remember playing "coin hockey" with canadian currency in a group of americans, canadians and europeans. We were on a cafeteria table after a meal and all of the sudden it was literally "music to my ears". Now I had always been taught to appreciate good music, but this was different.

As any kid would, you move along and onto the next stage. However, I thoroughly remember a moment weeks after in my parents car with Drive playing on the radio. It was the first time a song stuck to me like glue. I knew it was different and it felt way too natural.

Living in NW NJ at that time, we had a great radio station that will never exist again called 'KROCK' (yes LA, be grateful your's still exists(KROQ)). My best friend growing up got me into listening to the station before bed. They would play the top songs around 9pm so it was perfect.

It wasn't until I heard WYWH and NTKY that I caught on that Incubus was also the author of Drive. It wasn't until then that I realized I needed to buy this Incubus cd from my local Walmart. It wasn't until I put that MV cd into my player that I realized my favorite song Drive, was not there. It wasn't until then that I discovered the entire Incubus discography and how special they were. It wasn't until then that I discovered IOV. It wasn't until then that I discovered all the underground material, live shows, and interviews and how special this band truly was. It wasn't until then that I decided to make Incubus my first ever concert and that was the 2nd show of the crow tour at MSG. To this day the best show I have ever seen.

Its funny, for many people, this upcoming "20 Years of MY Tour" is all about nostalgia and for some, seeing a band you always loved for the first time. For you and I, it is much different.

This band was special. This band sold us on their sound. Then they sold us on their portfolio. Then they sold us on their passion. Then they sold us on their personality and ideals. Then they sold us on their maturity. Then they sold us on being different and being proud of that. Then they sold us on success through creativity, innovation and constant evolution.

I hate to quote the show 'Lost', but then again, maybe I don't. I've learned over the years and just like anyone else, I've had my ups and downs. Sometimes, really down. The one thing I could always resort to was this band, my constant.

For some reason, this band is still going. They continue to inspire me and continue to grow. I continue to look up to them and use them as a source of inspiration. I continue to talk them up and advise others to listen.

Like you, I am not happy with how things are managed with the band these days. But like anything else, it's a business. And without business, they're would be no Incubus. I've come to realize that as long as they continue to put out inspirational music and continue to stick together as a happy, collaborative and most importantly, successful group, then that is a job well done.

None of this really hit me until my honeymoon 2 years ago. I decided to return to Banff, Alberta with my wife and part of that special place being the first time I heard Incubus. Funny thing was, we were out one night at a local bar and Drive came on. Boy did that feel way too right.

Enjoi it. Enjoi what this band has meant to you. Enjoi what it will mean to you and potentially your kids one day. And most importantly, enjoi what it means to you now. Enjoi the fact that these beautiful people still exist. Honor them. Thank them for being apart of your lives.

Maybe this should be a new thread, but wanted to make this a point here. Would love to hear your story of Incubus. Maybe Incubus would love to hear it as well, they sure deserve it.

BTW, shout out to IOV for everything. You continue to co-exist with the band and it is certainly a special relationship. I have a feeling the band appreciates it as well.

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Re: Into The Summer - Song Discussion

Postby Jelger » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:26 am

enjoincubus2 wrote:For sure things have changed without Renman in our lives. [...]

BTW, shout out to IOV for everything. You continue to co-exist with the band and it is certainly a special relationship. I have a feeling the band appreciates it as well.

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Just wanted to go off topic a little and say how much I appreciated this post.

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Re: Into The Summer - Song Discussion

Postby incuboy2012ad » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:21 pm

enjoincubus2 wrote:For sure things have changed without Renman in our lives.

[...]

Maybe this should be a new thread, but wanted to make this a point here. Would love to hear your story of Incubus. Maybe Incubus would love to hear it as well, they sure deserve it.

BTW, shout out to IOV for everything. You continue to co-exist with the band and it is certainly a special relationship. I have a feeling the band appreciates it as well.

enjoi incubus



This is a wonderfully written response and don’t ever apologize for quoting The Constant. Best episode of Lost ever. My Incubus story started back in 2000. I had just gotten cable internet installed in my first home and was on a Napster downloading bender. I had heard Parson Me on the radio and decided to download the entire Make Yourself album. I remember playing it from start to finish and by the time Nowhere Fast started, I was mesmerized. That album said everything my 21 year old brain was thinking and feeling. I immediately went out and bought the CD and Science and they just so happened to be coming to Houston where I live and I got tix for my first of 16 incubus concerts. Instantly I became a super fan. Following they’re new releases, TRL placements, magazine articles. I joined this forum back in 2004 and have checked in here almost daily for 15 years. Every new album cycle is like fucking Christmas. Checking back for new info, finally getting the first single and playing it 1000 times and dissecting it for meaning and learning how to play it on guitar. This band has brought so much joy to my life. Their music has partied with me, saw me thru addiction...I even passed it down to my kids who are also super fans. Guess that’s why in my eyes they will always deserve to be on top to the rest of the world, cuz they always will be to me.

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The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby Jelger » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:23 pm

Ok, after both Enjoincubus2 and Incuboy2012ad described in length how they got into the band in the Into The Summer-thread, I figured we should have a seperate thread to honor these stories. I'll add mine at a later time.

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Re: The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby incuboy2012ad » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:23 pm

Jelger wrote:Ok, after both Enjoincubus2 and Incuboy2012ad described in length how they got into the band in the Into The Summer-thread, I figured we should have a seperate thread to honor these stories. I'll add mine at a later time.


Thanks Man. I know we got off topic but hell until they hit us with some new shit, reminiscing is all we got. Those memories always bring a smile to my face. I’m sure you and everyone else reading this thread probably have some great memories of Incubus and their music and I look forward to reading your story of discovering the band and anyone else who contributes. Whether 2019 brings new music or not, we have a kick ass tour coming up to add to those memories. Incubus rules forever baby!

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Re: The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby enjoincubus2 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:57 pm

Thanks for starting the new thread! Looking forward to reading everyone's stories.
MSG 6/25/04
TAJ 8/11/06
Hammerstein 1/31/07
Penns Landing 8/6/07
Penns Landing 8/8/07
Jones Beach 8/9/07
PNC 8/10/07
RCMH 8/4/09
RCMH 8/5/09
PNC 8/7/09
Penns Landing 8/8/09
PNC 9/4/11
Asbury Park 5/18/12
Jones Beach 8/16/12
Sands Casino 7/31/15
PNC 8/4/15
PNC 7/14/17
Bethel Woods 7/16/17

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Re: The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby Jelger » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:41 pm

Well, I'm going to give you credit for starting it. I'll add my story next.

Ever since I joined IOV, which was only in 2007, I've been a pretty active player here and on a few other places where Incubus is discussed. And whenever I told people how I got into Incubus, people were surprised that I got into them only in 2006.

So a little background on where I grew up: for the first 18 years of my life I grew up in a small town in the north of the Netherlands, Heerenveen. In fact, I lived on the edge of the town, out of the reach of cable television, so we only got watch the three public channels at home. No MTV for me. Heerenveen a sleepy place, it's size often overestimated because of it's ice skating ring - which hosted world championships, world cups in speed skating, a big sport in the Netherlands - and it's overachieving football club. There's little else, especially culture-wise. No venues, it had one mainstream record store, but if you wanted to see bands you had to travel to places like Utrecht (where I live now), Amsterdam or Groningen, which was the closest option. But I never really knew that. I listened to whatever was popular early on in my life, discovering The Offspring and Limp Bizkit when I was 9-10 years old around the turn of the century, my first ventures into rock music.

Unlike the US fans, who probably couldn't escape Drive, Pardon Me or Wish You Were Here, Incubus wasn't omnipresent at Dutch radio at any time in history. So I relied on a friend, who listened to a lot of rock bands I didn't know of, to first introduce me to Incubus. It was probably around 2005 that he send me three tracks from SCIENCE, though I'm not a hundred percent sure which tracks it were. It most certainly included Vitamin and A Certain Shade of Green and the third track was either New Skin or Nebula. Whatever it was, it didn't click with me. It lacked the bounce and grooved that I still loved at the time from Limp Bizkit - my first favorite band that has since completely faded from my listening patterns.

But also in 2005, we had a major change at home: we got a satellite dish. Suddenly my tv-options expanded by a few hundred channels, including one that would be a major influence on my musical tastes: MTV2 UK. It changed a few years after, but for the first few years I watched that channel so much. It was MTV how MTV was supposed to be. Music videos, Zane Lowe doing quality interviews and little else. And the music was quality. I discovered Biffy Clyro, Reuben, Arctic Monkeys (before the release of their debut album even), the whole landscape of Brittish Indie-rock and many other bands, most of which have come and gone. And in the fall of 2006, for the first time I couldn't escape an Incubus-song: Anna Molly. Because of MTV2, I had broadened my musical horizon and Limp Bizkit had already fallen from grace with me. I was a lot more open to other things. And there was this really strange video and a song that I couldn't get out of my head. And it was on every other hour, so even if it slipped out of my head, my tv would remind me of that infectious riff and melody. The main riff reminded me of a beefier sound of the Brittish Indie bands and that was the sweet spot for me, coming from that heavy, blunt and unpolished background of Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and other nu-metal bands.

So I downloaded Light Grenades as soon as I could, followed by A Crow Left of the Murder. I loved Light Grenades, especially the heavier tracks like Kiss, the title track and Anna Molly. From Crow, Megalomaniac stuck with me, aswel as Pistola. But that same friend that had send me SCIENCE-songs a year earlier told me I should disregard that album, as he thought it sucked. Sheep Jelger followed his orders...
After a few weeks, I had downloaded their whole discography and loved everything. Even those SCIENCE-songs I disliked only a year before. In fact, that was my favorite album right at the start of my Incubus-love. The only album that took months and months for me to appreciate, was Crow. In the summer of 2007, I moved out of my parents house, at age 18 to live on my own while studying. And that summer I bought all the cd's of the band. That spring I skipped the invite from my friend to go with him to the Incubus-concert in Amsterdam (still one of my big regrets), but only a few months later they had established themselves as my absolute favorite band. In 2008, I finally saw the band live for the first time, at Pinkpop Festival.

They haven't dropped from that top spot as my favorite band. Some bands have come close, at least for periods of time: Reuben, Biffy Clyro, Thrice, The Dear Hunter and Pearl Jam. But for the longest time, I could never really explain to people why that was. Of course: I liked their songs, I thought the lyrics were great, I liked the diversity etc. But I liked all those things in all those other bands, so why was Incubus different?
And after I saw The Dear Hunter play their only Dutch show up until now, at a rainy festival in the southern city of Maastricht, I rode a train home, soaked from the rain and a little down from the beers I drank at the festival to give myself something to do while waiting alone for The Dear Hunter to play. And while I was on that train, I put on Morning View. By the time Wish You Were Here came on, I realized why Incubus is my favorite band: no matter at what point in time, in what state of mind I listen to them, they evoke the same feeling. I feel lifted, my spirit renewed if you will, and it brings me out of any hole I might be in. Other bands I have to be in the mood for, but I can put on Incubus at any time. And it will lift me up.

You don't have to obsessively listen to a certain band at all times for it to be your favorite. You don't have to love everything they put out or defend every choice they make, strategically or musically. As long as the band has the same effect on you every time you hear them, you know: this band is my favorite.

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Re: The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby Soap » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:41 pm

What a beautiful post, and replies! I've enjoyed reading all of them. You've struck a lot of the same threads as me in this long twisted relationship with the band. I marvel at how similar some of your experiences are to mine. It reinforces the fact that no matter where you're from, people aren't all that different.

Gee whizz, I first got into this band during the era of copying CDs. It's amazing how far it seems from that time and attitude.
I was aware of them from the video for Drive, and from hearing all the singles from Morning View on the radio. A friend gave me a purple Sony CD-R with the album on it. But only half the album worked, Mexico was cut off half way through. No one ever said that media was 100% reliable!
I didn't get 'into' the band this way though. That was one fateful night about four years later.
I was 16 and it was the middle of winter. My friend across the road had the house to himself for the weekend and I went round to hang out. We ended up getting stoned as fuck and he decided to put SCIENCE on his parents' impressive stereo.
Now the term 'mind blowing' is often overused but in this case it was entirely appropriate. By the time the opening bars of Vitamin came on I was living inside the music. Taken on a horizon-expanding journey of truly epic scope, music of all other varieties was rendered obsolete. This was the new Gold Standard.

That friend of mine and I would repeat this many (countless!) times over the years; getting high and trying the unpeel the layers to get to the core of what we thought was the hidden meaning of it all.
He and I would have an undulating relationship; not always seeing eye to eye. For a while I was afraid of the music (so sacred and pure!) being tarnished by the memories attached to it turning sour. But it stands as a huge testament to the band's positive aura that it didn't turn out that way.

I currently consider their music the same way I consider a tattoo; the art stays the same, but I change, and my perception of it changes through the lens of my life.
I don't use the word Love lightly, but I love this band, it's music, it's philosophy, and the profound effect they've had on my life.

I'm in an especially reflective mood; currently in hospital awaiting the birth of my first child (his name will be Ben Michael DJKilmore!) I wonder what kind of music he'll enjoy, and how it will help shape him as a man. I don't think for one second Incubus will have the same effect on him as they have on me, but I hope he finds his own equivalent.

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Re: The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby The Idler Wheel » Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:29 am

Great posts here! I'll add my two cents.

I discovered Incubus in November 1999. I was 18 and I was back home for Thanksgiving break during my freahman year of college when I heard Pardon Me. Jacksonville, Florida was nu-metal mecca back then, so it was the first time I heard it on the radio, even though the album Make Yourself had been out for a month.

As soon and I heard Brandon start the first verse- "A decade ago, I never though I would be at 23, on the verge of spontaneous combustion woe is me"- I was instantly captivated with Brandon's tone and delivery. The song's balance of melody and heaviness made it stand out for me. So much of the alt/metal scene back then was, like Brandon said in a recent interview, super aggressive, heavy for heavy sake with over-the-top bravado nonsense: "Shut up! I'll punch you in the face!" ect. With Pardon Me, that kind of thing was almost turned on its head. Basically saying, "I'm gonna take the pain and anger I'm feeling, learn from it, rise above it and come out of it stronger". The phoenix motif is a common one, but they used it in such a clever way. I loved that message and I've been hooked ever since.

I went out and bought Make Yorself that week. After sitting with that for about a month, I researched the back catalogue and got S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and moved forward from there. I didn't get Enjoy Incubus and Fungus Amongus until after Morning View, but I had already heard the songs. After A Crow Left of The Murder, they became one of my all time favorite bands, and remain so to this day. They are one those precious few bands in my life where each album is truly an audio journal that transports me to so many important moments in my life. From an 18 freshman trying to find their way in the world, to the 38 year old I am today: a lot wiser, with a lot more responsibilities to juggle, but still trying to figure it out.

I'll be seeing them for the 5th time on Nov. 29th in Orlando...20 years to the week I discovered them. It's truly going to be a full circle moment and I can't wait.
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Re: The Beginnings: How you got into Incubus

Postby incuboy2012ad » Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:47 am

Soap wrote:What a beautiful post, and replies! I've enjoyed reading all of them. You've struck a lot of the same threads as me in this long twisted relationship with the band. I marvel at how similar some of your experiences are to mine. It reinforces the fact that no matter where you're from, people aren't all that different.

Gee whizz, I first got into this band during the era of copying CDs. It's amazing how far it seems from that time and attitude.
I was aware of them from the video for Drive, and from hearing all the singles from Morning View on the radio. A friend gave me a purple Sony CD-R with the album on it. But only half the album worked, Mexico was cut off half way through. No one ever said that media was 100% reliable!
I didn't get 'into' the band this way though. That was one fateful night about four years later.
I was 16 and it was the middle of winter. My friend across the road had the house to himself for the weekend and I went round to hang out. We ended up getting stoned as fuck and he decided to put SCIENCE on his parents' impressive stereo.
Now the term 'mind blowing' is often overused but in this case it was entirely appropriate. By the time the opening bars of Vitamin came on I was living inside the music. Taken on a horizon-expanding journey of truly epic scope, music of all other varieties was rendered obsolete. This was the new Gold Standard.

That friend of mine and I would repeat this many (countless!) times over the years; getting high and trying the unpeel the layers to get to the core of what we thought was the hidden meaning of it all.
He and I would have an undulating relationship; not always seeing eye to eye. For a while I was afraid of the music (so sacred and pure!) being tarnished by the memories attached to it turning sour. But it stands as a huge testament to the band's positive aura that it didn't turn out that way.

I currently consider their music the same way I consider a tattoo; the art stays the same, but I change, and my perception of it changes through the lens of my life.
I don't use the word Love lightly, but I love this band, it's music, it's philosophy, and the profound effect they've had on my life.

I'm in an especially reflective mood; currently in hospital awaiting the birth of my first child (his name will be Ben Michael DJKilmore!) I wonder what kind of music he'll enjoy, and how it will help shape him as a man. I don't think for one second Incubus will have the same effect on him as they have on me, but I hope he finds his own equivalent.


Well said with the tattoo analogy. Couldn’t have worded it better. Congrats on your child. Hopefully a new little Incubus fan in the making. Cheers


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