Incubus is celebrating 20 years of Make Yourself, the album that propelled them to stardom, but on their first new song in two years, they drive right past 1999 and into another decade altogether.
“Into the Summer” throws it back to the 80s, with its bouncy INXS-inspired groove and just the right amount of synth for texture. There’s even the sound of a flock of seagulls in the background.
The track finds frontman Brandon Boyd regretting a lost love from days gone by. He sings on the melodic chorus: “I remember the way that it was; It's been calling out to me forever; But I shouldn't have let you go; Into the summer alone.”
“Into the Summer” would have worked perfectly as the soundtrack to a scene in an 80s coming of age movie. The band thinks so too, because that’s the vibe of the accompanying video with its nod to The Lost Boys - the vampire flick starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric.
Incubus had already given “Into the Summer” its live debut at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA in May and has performed it a few more times since.
The song is our first taste of the band’s forthcoming ninth studio album. In our recent interview below, guitarist Mike Einziger told RADIO.COM Incubus had been writing and recording in between tour dates this year.
Incubus will hit the road again next month for their 20 Years of Make Yourself and Beyond Tour, The Southern California band’s third studio album featured the singles “Drive,” “Stellar,” and “Pardon Me.” Get the full list of dates here.