Monday, 29 August 2011

Review - Incubus (Toronto, ON)

Incubus w/ Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman)
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Toronto, ON
Sunday, August 28, 2011

(Due to a human error on my part, the original review I wrote is long gone)

In short, I've been a long time Incubus fan, particularly their older material but this show was very fun. They played a good amount of tracks to please their older fans as well as a fair share of newer material to help promote their new record, If Not Now, When?.

Opening with older favourites, Pardon Me and Wish You Were Here the band was exploding out of the gate. Despite a sudden slowdown on new track Adolescents, the energy quickly resumed with their hit single Anna Molly, only to return to the quieter form on Promises, Promises. This back and forth essentially sums up the evening, at least from this fans perspective, as the band launched back into Make Yourself and Morning View tracks Circles, When It Comes, Consequence and even the lone SCIENCE track, Vitamin.

I myself am not a big fan of the new album, but the next track In The Company of Wolves is quite enjoyable in the live setting (and even on album actually) as it builds and allows for some exploration, featuring plenty of jams to keep even the most cynical of fans satisfied (this guy!).

Wrapping up the main setlist were some stripped-down versions of Defiance and an alternate approach to Dig, which was essentially a washroom break for some, but on a cool Sunday night at the end of the summer it was nice to experience. Just a Phase, A Crow Left of the Murder, Drive, and Nice To Know You was a nice way to wrap up the main set (also Thieves was in there) and for the most part these songs are likely to remain staples going forward.

After a brief stoppage, the encore began with the lively political song Megalomaniac then wrapped up with Tomorrow's Food, which closes out both the evening and their new album.

Overall, as an older fan of the group I would certainly say they're worth checking out, but they're somewhat expensive. They're very talented, Brandon Boyd (lead singer) can definitely still bring it, and a good way to spend a summer evening.

I missed opener Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman), but didn't hear positive things about his set. Unfortunately I can't properly comment on his set.

Pardon Me
Wish You Were Here
Anna Molly
Promises, Promises
If Not Now, When?
When It Comes
In the Company of Wolves
Defiance (Acoustic)
Just a Phase
A Crow Left of the Murder
Nice to Know You

Tomorrow's Food

Album Breakdown:
If Not Now, When?: 7
Make Yourself: 4
Morning View: 4
A Crow Left of the Murder: 2
Light Grenades: 2
S.C.I.E.N.C.E.: 1

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