Incubus is enjoying some chart-topping success with its new album, 8.
With first-week sales of 52,000 copies, group's first full-length album since 2011 has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, as well as No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
It's Incubus' third No. 1 Top Rock Album and second Alternative chart-topper; Incubus last topped both charts with 2011's If Not Now, When? 8 also commemorates 20 years since Incubus' first full album, S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and frontman Brandon Boyd tells us that's provided some rocket fuel for the group this year:
"We're all kind of like celebrating at the moment, among other things our survival as a band...There are so many things over the years that could have forced this to stop and we have kind of persevered. That by itself is amazing...You survive ad you get through those moments and wonderful, wonderful things happen. So the takeaway for me so far, and I think everybody in the band, is we're just so thrilled that we still get to do this and we still have so much life in this band's family."
Incubus will be touring throughout the year to promote 8, including a summer run with Jimmy Eat World and Judah and the Lion.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.