Inkubus Sukkubus are a British goth and pagan band that was formed in 1989 by Candia Ridley, Tony McKormack and Adam Henderson.
Inkubus Sukkubus have released albums and toured ever since their formation as Incubus Succubus in 1989.
Before forming Inkubus Sukkubus, Tony McKormack (guitar) was in the horror punk band Screaming Dead from 1980 to 1985. McKormack, Candia Ridley (vocals) and Adam Henderson (bass) then formed a band called Belas Knapp, which they shortly changed to Incubus Succubus. From the outset the band had a very strong neo-pagan orientation. The first single, "Beltaine", and a matching EP, were recorded in 1989, as was the original version of the first album, Belladonna and Aconite. The line-up listed on the sleeve of the 7" "Beltaine" single is Ridley on vocals, McKormack on guitars/vocals, Henderson on bass, Jamie Gardner on keyboards and Bob Gardener on drums. However, when the first pressing of the EP came back warped, several members had already left the band.
Children Of The Moon:
McKormack and Ridley continued alone as a studio project, Children Of The Moon, until 1993. The material recorded during this time (including early versions of tracks that would become Inkubus Sukkubus classics) was eventually released as the album Beltaine.
In late 1993, Inkubus Sukkubus reformed with Bob Gardner on drums and Graeme Fletcher on bass guitar, and signed to Pagan Media, which released the full-length version of Belladona and Aconite, and in 1994 recorded and released Wytches.
Wytches subsequently became known as "the legendary second album", as it both contains what many fans regard as some of the band's finest work, and (due to issues with Pagan Media), rapidly became almost impossible to obtain. Even rarer is a flexi-disc that was given away free on the cover of Aisling, a Druid magazine edited (and largely written) by Steve Wilson, for issue 8, which was to be the last edition. Only 200 were pressed, and soon flexi-discs were to disappear as magazine give-aways, replaced by cover CDs.
In 1995, they changed their name to Inkubus Sukkubus, citing numerological reasons, and changed their line-up significantly, adopting the use of a drum machine with some additional support by a bodhran instead of a dedicated human drummer, with Adam Henderson moving back to bass.
The group surfaced into the mainstream several times (with the song "Beltaine" receiving Radio 1 airtime and with several TV appearances under their belt, mainly in the mid-'90s). This is despite their lyrical themes and beliefs: Inkubus Sukkubus are a neopagan band, known for songs about demons, vampires, faeries and other occult and supernatural themes. Their songs are largely inspired by their interest in and practice of witchcraft and paganism, which has gained them a certain notoriety and underground status as being the "voice of modern-day paganism".
They were due to play a gig in Mexico City on Beltane (1 May) 2009. When it was cancelled due to the outbreak of swine flu, the band received national media exposure, particularly through The Sun newspaper.
In 2010, their song "Vampyre Erotica" was featured in the soundtrack to the British cult comedy vampire film The Vampires of Bloody Island starring comedian Allin Kempthorne. The film also features five other songs by Tony McKormack's earlier band Vampire Division, including the film's title track, "Place of the Dead".
The group currently consists of guitarist Tony McKormack, vocalist Candia McKormack and bassist Dave Saunders . The band employs a drum machine to fill their percussion section.
Candia McKormack - vocals, lyrics (contralto),
Tony McKormack - guitar, production, songwriting, some vocals (ex-Screaming Dead, also in Vampire Division),
Dave Saunders - bass,
In 2013, Candia was used as a model for a painting called "The Sukkubus" by award winning fantasy artist, Larry Elmore for use in his Kickstarter.