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A band heading left as the crow flies

by Luke Evans
Issue No. 1889

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A Crow to the Left of the Murder by Incubus

INCUBUS FORMED in 1991, when the members were in their teens. Originally a rock band with obvious funk music influences, A Crow to the Left of the Murder shows a clear shift in style. Brandon Boyd's voice has an almost folk singer style. The music itself has a sound that is both easy on the ears at the same time as possessing some force. In previous albums Incubus's songs urged us to 'resist and multiply'. Boyd proudly proclaimed how you need to 'make yourself' so the 'powers that be' cannot make you weak and unresisting.

This new album kicks of with a song called 'Megalomaniac', which has a brilliant video featuring an angel-winged Bush Jr lookalike transforming into Hitler while families are seen attempting to eat their consumer durables and drink from empty bottles of oil.

This all goes on as protesters carrying banners and placards reading 'Not in my name' drag Bush down from his perch upon a high pedestal. The chorus of the song has Boyd simply yelling 'Step down!' The rest of the album features personal songs and good political moments. Incubus seem to be a talented mainstream band proud of their belief in the need for social justice.


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