Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger says he and his bandmates “weren’t really excited at first” about putting together “Monuments and Melodies,” the modern rock group’s new best-of collection. It was done, he says, as a contractual obligation — but Incubus eventually changed its tune as it compiled the two-disc set.
“As we started planning it, it became really obvious that greatest hits records are really important to the legacy of any band,” notes Einziger. “I was introduced to most of the groups I grew up listening to — artists like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley and The Doors — through their greatest hits records.
“So we began realizing that it’s, in fact, really an honor to be able to put together a greatest hits package, and it started becoming nostalgic, like watching a home movie. It’s really cool to take a step back and look at this collection of music we’ve spent all these years writing and playing. It’s humbling.”
The second disc of “Monuments and Melodies” includes a number of rarities, plus a newly recorded cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” As for more new Incubus recordings, Einziger — who’s been “taking courses for personal enjoyment” at Harvard University since Incubus finished touring to support 2006’s “Light Grenade” — says the band is “kind of playing it by ear, writing material but with no firm recording plans yet.
“We’ve put records out with almost boring consistency every two years since ’96 or something like that,” the guitarist notes. “It’s nice to just sort of have no defined plan and be able to take our time.
“We’re at a point now in our career where we can kind of just do what we want. There really isn’t any pressure on us outside of the pressure we put on ourselves, so we’ll see.”
Incubus and the Duke Spirit perform at the 89X Birthday Bash at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 26) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $45 and $52.50 pavilion, $27.50 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.