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Daily Music Dose: Ben Kenney

Previously(Daily Music Dose: Breach of Fate). 

You prolly know him as the free spirited bassist of Incubus.  Ben Kenney is a true artist and his four albums prove it.

The other day he posted a link on his Facebook page letting people download his records. Go click the link and get off or you can continue reading while I try to profoundly give you a written sneak peak of what you are about to hear. If you havent encountered his own project, let me give you a little guide.

Contains nine alternative tracks similar to Make Yourself. This album should make you realize how huge Ben’s contribution is to Incubus. Key tracks worth looping are the cryptically titled “4.2.3”, the catchy “Hoopdie” and the painfully romantic love song, “Breathe” ( where he sings “I dreamt you were crying but you’re happy”). “You Wont Like the Sound” sounds sung by Brandon Boyd that is somehow an opposite of its title.

Tracks could all be the underrated B- Sides to the previous album but this is the album where the songs are at the height of Ben Kenneys musical evolution. Best songs are “Girl” (I have soft spot for sweet rock songs), “The Moment” and “Wrong”. Damn in fact listen to the whole album.

Distance and Comfort 
To summarize the album, it is a mixture of alternative sounds, synthesized, mainstreamish rock. He is obviously not experimenting on this one since most of the songs are quite complicatedly created. This actually reminds me of Fueled by Ramen bands Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy and Forgive Durden, only not pop sounding. Listen to “Comfort” its radio friendly, potential jamming session song.

Burn the Tapes 
Now this albums gets a little heavier than the previous one. “Worlds Collide” is easily my fave with modern alternative sound.

Have you listened to his music already? What are your thoughts?

Also, here’s my fave track from Ben Kenney:

The Rough Drive to Incubus Live in Manila 2011

How far will you go for your favorite band?

Your answer to that question wont matter.  I bet you a ticket for the next Incubus Live in Manila concert.  When you find yourself in the situation that question wont even cross your mind.

It is safe to say that Incubus is one of my top one favorite bands, along with Nirvana and The Beatles (both stand no chance of touring).  I grew up along with their sound.  When they were nu metal, I loved loud music.  When they were funk, I was tasting other kinds of music.  When they were singing about positivity I was trying to make myself.  Their songs are a huge part of my existential evolution.

I first heard about their If Not Now, When? tour from a friend. Without confirming it on their website, I am already set to attend.

The first and the major bump on the road is the road itself.  Iloilo City is a fourty five minute plane ride away from Manila.  I was jobless and of course pennyless too.  We have to book a hotel room and we cant just starve in a city so overwhelmingly different from home.  Despite all of these, the journey to the Incubus concert is definitely going to happen.  Even Rapture has to be rescheduled to make way for us.

By the end of April we already have an iterinary.  It took us three months of preparation.  We even had to upgrade tickets since General Admission were already sold out just three weeks after availability.

My boring days are suddenly filled with excitement.  Every time I hear an Incubus song, I imagine myself jumping along to the Araneta Colliseum crowd.  I was seeing the sun that was invisible to others.

Two days before the concert, the weather was evil.  We were expected to land in Manila along with a superstorm.  Think fiction movies with plane slicing a dark sky, cruising past the lightning and dancing along to thunders.  It is almost like suicide.  But the airline thinks they are angels, so they rescheduled the flight, an hour before the concert.

We have to gamble and hope for the best.  The adrenaline rush has killed my humanly fears.  Plus, I have discovered the secret to flying during a bad weather, meditation.

It was a huge, “If Not Now, When?” moment.

We were able to land safely in Manila but we have to travel an hour to get to the venue.  We took the fastest route, but halfway thru the ride the train went to a halt because of power outage.  Our next option was a taxi ride, the problem is we dont know where the nearest taxi bay is.  We were running late, badly.  I could wish on a star, but there was none on the building covered sky. I was already frustrated and ready to give up.

It was the most heart breaking taxi ride I have ever experienced. The what ifs in my mind were frustrating. It was like the universe conspired against us.

When we arrived at the Araneta Colliseum, the crowd was more of screaming than singing. I saw Brandon Boyd,  Mike Einzinger,  Ben Kenny, DJ Killmore and Jose Pasillas on the stage.  Suddenly, the hardships evaporated.

Brandon vowed and kneeled at the end, it was as if he knew what we just went through.

Album Review: Incubus – If Not Now, When?

Sometimes, good things last, a little   bit longer. Incubus has been around for more than a decade and a half. After a solo album from Brandon Boyd last year, here they are again ready to rape your ears with eleven great songs.

If Not Now, When? is already the bands eighth studio album but still they sound as fresh as the first one. Even though it clearly has the positivity of Make Yourself mixed with the lightness of Morning View, it still stand as another unique Incubus album. What might’ve made it a crow left of the murder is the easy but rich sound that is created with more harmony thrown into the songs. It’s gospel like melody almost makes it a spiritual journey.

Although all songs would make you forget the skip button, “Isadore” is a rhythm filled ode that could be an easy favorite. “Company of Wolves” is a Muse-like song only more visceral. The carrier single, “Adolescents” started off as a reminiscent of “Here In My Room” and is probably the best track of the album.

If you haven’t listen to the full album yet better hurry because if not now, when? In the meantime, here’s a taste of .