8 Studio albums and still going strong, nothing will stop Incubus?
8 has been a long time coming, six years to be precise, since we’ve last received a full-length album from the boys from California (though we did get the awesome EP Trust Fall back in 2015). The best thing was this record came out of nowhere, I only heard about it last November when they dropped the single ‘Nimble Bastard’ with next to no fanfare. Then in the lead up to the April 21st release they shared ‘Glitterbomb’ and ‘State of the Art’ and us fans were frothing at the mouth and couldn’t wait.
8 has divided the masses, fans love the return to the rock sound, while the majority of critics complained it lacked soul, well I say bullshit to the latter. I love 8, to me it’s the perfect album for a band that have been around as long as Incubus has, it’s a great mix of new and old school styles. I’m not going run through the tracks or even point out anything that stands out because at the end of the day, all of 8 does.
Incubus has been a favourite of mine for a very long time and have never disappointed me by dropping a crap album or playing a shite gig and 8 continues this trend. Even though 8 was produced by Skrillex (who made Korn off limits for me for a while when they went too Electric Dance Music), he hasn’t been too heavy handed, despite the fact he joined in late in the production process and some tracks were redone with his input, there is a hint of electric pop but it’s not in your face and off putting like most of his work. It really does feel like yet another massive win for Incubus, proving you can’t keep an awesomesauce band down.