A few months ago, I was looking through my emails. I got to one that said one of my favorite bands, Incubus, is going on tour this fall. I naturally clicked the email to see if they will be coming anywhere near here, and I see that this tour is to celebrate the 20thanniversary of their album “Make Yourself.” I instantly felt a little old after reading this, but after reminding myself I’m only 32, I clicked to see that the tour will be making a stop in Atlanta on Dec. 3. I ordered tickets as soon as they went on sale.
“Make Yourself” was the first album I ever heard from Incubus. I was in eighth grade when I first got my hands on the album, and I had an instant connection with it. It was unlike anything I had ever heard. The mix of funk and rock guitars along with the clean vocals from Brandon Boyd and the use of turntables immediately caught my attention. After listening to the album on loop for about a month, I wanted to see if the band had any other albums that had been released. I easily found their “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” album at my local FYE store. I was told they had another album that was actually the first one the band released called “Fungus Amongus.” This was a little harder to find, even now that album is not available to stream on any streaming service or available to download on iTunes. The band had released seven full length studio albums since 1995, and it’s safe to say that I have owned all of them.
My wife and I got the chance to see Incubus along with the Deftones in August 2015 in Atlanta at Aaron’s Amphitheater, and it was one of the best shows I have ever been to at that venue. I can’t wait to see them again in December at The Roxy in Atlanta.
I will always love “Make Yourself” for introducing me to Incubus. Even though it isn’t my favorite Incubus album, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Below is a video discussing the tour and album with Loudwire.
Brad is a tech and music know-it-all who has probably seen whatever band you’re currently listening to. He’s also the graphic designer for The Citizen.