Incubus have named their upcoming album Morning View, after the street on which they recorded it, guitarist Mike Einziger said Wednesday.
Due October 23, the album will feature a blend of styles similar to their breakthrough 1999 release, Make Yourself.
“It’s really musically diverse, but it’s not like a patchwork quilt with tons of pieces put together. It’s pretty seamless,” Einziger said backstage at the Area:One festival. “There are some very heavy moments, and there are some very melodic, beautiful moments on the record. There’s everything from the entire spectrum of sound incorporated into it.”
The first single from Morning View will be “Wish You Were Here,” which the band has been playing on the Area:One tour. Other new tracks include “Warning,” “Nice,” “Circles” and “11 am.”
” ‘Wish You Were Here’ was one of the last songs we wrote for the record,” said Einziger, who recently bought a Malibu, California, home near the house where they recorded the album. “The content is about being happy living for the moment and not looking forward to the future as some event.”
Incubus, whose single “Drive” has been a staple of modern-rock radio most of the year, are tossing around ideas for a video for “Wish You Were Here,” which they will shoot next month. “We usually cram all of the shooting and everything into one 24-hour day and it’s worked well, so maybe we’ll do that again,” Einziger said.
The California rockers are also planning an extensive North American tour from September to December.
“We never did a proper headlining tour behind Make Yourself, so we’re excited,” Einziger said. “Half will be before the record comes out, the other half will be after. And we’re going to play really cool venues. In places where we can play much bigger venues, we opted to play two nights at a smaller venue.”
Incubus will be bringing various L.A. bands on the road with them, including TheStart, Hoobastank and One Side Zero. “We want to help some of our friends out and get them in front of our audience,” Einziger said.
Before heading out on their own, the band will play the Rolling Rock Festival in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on August 4.