Since the band placed themselves on hiatus last summer, rumors have been swirling online when, if ever, the band will release another album. Incubus guitarist guitarist Michael Einziger says the band definitely plans to release another album in the future together, he's just not sure when.
"We're kind of playing it by ear," Einziger says according to an interview at Billboard.com. "We've put records out with almost boring consistency every two years since '96 or something like that. 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."
In the meantime, the band will be touring this summer in support of their best of album Moments and Melodies, due out June 16. Einziger says the band was a bit hesitant to release a best of collection, feeling like it might be more of a marketing ploy by their label than a legitamate release.
"It was almost like we were trying to come up with an excuse to go on tour for the summer," Einziger explained, "and we started really thinking about the idea of putting out a greatest hits album and having that as the excuse to accompany the tour we were planning."
But as the band began to complie the tracks for the compilation, they realized that they were perhaps looking at the oppertuinity all wrong.
"It became really obvious that greatest hits records are really important to the legacy of any band. 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," said Einziger. "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. 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."
Monuments and Melodies is a two disc set that includes one disc of hits from Incubus' six studio albums as well as two new songs, "Black Heart Inertia" and "Midnight Swim," recorded in Los Angeles last winter. The second disc features rarities, including a newly recorded cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy." Incubus' tour for Monuments and Melodies gets under way July 9 in San Diego.