June 30, 2002
Their current album "Morning View" debuted
at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart back in
October and Incubus
is in the radio.wazee spotlight this week with the
latest single culled from that release, "Are
band recently completed the video for "Are You
In?," but the clip may never see the light of
day in the U.S. The band calls it their best video
to date, but apparently it’s a little too risqué
for the standards and practices suits in the States.
"It's rocking in Europe," says lead singer
Brandon Boyd. "The Italians are eating it up
like good pasta." He describes it as looking
like "a Jay-Z video if you put our faces in there.
It's a swingers party going on in like a casino and
an abandoned Italian restaurant."
The Calabasas, California-based
funk-metal outfit was formed in 1991 by high school
friends Boyd (vocals), Mike Einziger (guitars), Alex
Katunich (bass) and Jose Pasillas (drums). Within
a year of formation the group was regularly playing
all-ages clubs throughout Southern California, tapping
DJ Lyfe in 1995 to join their ranks for the independently
released album "Fungus Amongus." A year
later Incubus signed with Immortal Records, issuing
their debut EP "Enjoy Incubus" in early
1997. The full-length "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." followed
a year later, and the group hit the road in support,
eventually landing a spot on the 1998 Family Values
Tour. They released "Make Yourself" in 1999,
and initial sales were slow, but thanks to the hit
singles "Pardon Me" and "Drive,"
and the group's slot on the 2000 Ozzfest tour, the
album was still selling well a year later, going Gold
and hitting the Top 40.
Incubus is currently wrapping up
the Civic Tour ending up this month in Dallas, Texas.
They’ll then finish supporting "Morning View"
with another long outing that could keep Incubus on
the road until the end of the year.
Guitarist Einzinger and drummer
Pasillas recently appeared on reality TV teen queen
Kelly Osbourne’s debut single, a cover of Madonna’s
1986 hit "Papa Don’t Preach." Einzinger
says that if any spare time opens up, he knows how
he’ll spend it: "I want to do all the dancing
and choreography on Kelly’s new record – all of it,
from start to finish, in one take, actually,"
he joked. "I would have done the choreography
for [her MTV Movie Awards performance], but they found
someone before she knew I wanted to be involved in
the choreography, 'cause she really didn't know about
my background and history in the field of choreography.
I think she hired Darrin, from 'Darrin's Dance Grooves.'
But I taught him everything he knows, so it's OK."