This Alternative-Metal Funk-Metal outfit was formed in the San Fernando Valley outpost of Calabasas, California USA, in 1991. Initially the band started out as a four-piece with Brandon Boyd on vocals + percussion, Mike Einziger on guitar, Alex Katunich, real name Dirk Lance, on bass and Jose Pasillas on drums.
For many years, the group toured throughout Southern California building a steady fan base; in 1995 turntablist Gavin Koppel, known as DJ Lyfe, joined Incubus, the band thus became one of the first Rock outfits to incorporate a DJ into their music. Shortly thereafter the quintet recorded and self-released their debut full-length disc, "Fungus Amongus".
A year later Incubus signed with with Epic subsidiary Immortal Records,
issuing "Enjoy Incubus" in early 1997, a 6-track EP which consisted
of revamped demos.
In September of that same year, "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." was released as the band's first full-length major label release; they continued to win fans while opening for bands like Korn, 311, Sublime and Unwritten Law as well as Ozzfest tour appearances.
In the summer of 1998 DJ Lyfe left the band, he was replaced by DJ Chris
A year later Incubus issued its third album, "Make Yourself", which proved to be the band's breakout album, it cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart peaking at #47 on the strength of three smashes, "Pardon Me", "Stellar" and "Drive", all settled in the top 3 spots of The Modern Rock Tracks; "Drive" also broke into the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100 propelling the album to double-platinum status.
While planning their next move, the band released a limited-edition EP
of rarities, "When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 1", which rose to #41
on The Billboard 200 and re-released their first album, "Fungus Amongus".
In October 2001 the group put out their highly anticipated fourth album, "Morning View"; the record shot to #2 on The Billboard Top 200 chart yielding yet another string of Modern Rock top 10 singles: "Wish You Were Here" peaked at #2, "Warning" at #3 and the final single, "Nice To Know You", hit #9.
In April 2003 the band announced the departure of Dirk Lance, a few months later bass player Ben Kenney joined their ranks. By the end of the year, in advance of the album "A Crow Left Of The Murder...", was issued the single "Megalomaniac" which rocketed to the top of The Modern Rock chart, the second single, "Talk Shows On Mute", hit the top 3 of the same chart and pushed "A Crow Left Of The Murder..." to #2 in the U.S. and to the top spot on the Canadian Albums chart.
The California alt-rockers released the single "Make A Move" in mid-2005; the song, which was included on the soundtrack to the action-thriller movie "Stealth", reached the #17 position on The Modern Rock chart and #19 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
In November 2006 Incubus released its sixth studio album, "Light Grenades", which featured the thunderous single "Anna Molly" their third #1 on The Hot Modern Rock chart and the first Hot Mainstream Rock top 5 hit. The album debuted at #1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart producing three more Hot Modern Rock top 10 hits including the #1 emotional ballad "Love Hurts", "Dig" and "Oil And Water".
June 2009 saw the release of the double-CD collection, aptly dubbed "Monuments And Melodies", which was part greatest-hits album, part b-sides and part new material. The set quickly catapulted into the top 5 of The Billboard 200 Albums chart while the previously unheard "Black Heart Inertia" shot to #7 on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The second single lifted off the "Monuments And Melodies" was the cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy".
Incubus returned from a five-year release absence when in mid-2011 put out new song entitled "Adolescents", the first single from their seventh studio album "If Not Now, When?", which peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200. "Adolescents" hit #3 on both the Alternative and Rock Songs charts and was followed by "Promises, Promises" which reached #13 on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks.