Live Review: Incubus @ FivePoint Amphitheatre – August 26th 2022

An Ever Evolving Entity

Brandon Boyd of Incubus

Incubus is a band that’s existed on a wavelength of their own for almost three decades. Starting out as a funk metal obsessed group of teenagers in sun soaked Southern California, they quickly made a name for themselves with their second album S.C.I.E.N.C.E. The burgeoning Nu Metal/Alt Metal scene took to their psychedelic and heavy sound. Yet, they were too aggressive for the art rock scene and as their sound developed on the subsequent albums Make Yourself, Morning View, and A Crow Left of the Murder, too mellow for the Alt and Nu Metal crowds.

There’s something about Incubus that sets them apart from their peers: vulnerability. This quality has been a driving force throughout their eclectic career. And it was on full display in Irvine.

Incubus concerts walk the fine line between massive spectacle and intimate connection. Their performance strikes a balance between awe inspiring, trippy visuals displayed on a large scale along with soaring songs and connecting on a deep level with each and every person in attendance. While lead singer Brandon Boyd was limited to a stool, due to a back injury, for the majority of the show, he still delivered an amazing performance. Even though he wasn’t dancing around the stage Brandon was charismatic, funny, and dynamic in his performance.

I’ve seen Incubus play up and down the west coast and I have to say this tour had probably my favorite setlist I’ve seen. 7 of the 18 songs were pulled from Morning View, which the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year.

As always Incubus put on an amazing show, and if you haven’t seen them, I have one question; Why the hell not?

Stoney Vibes

The Aquadolls got the night off to a solid start with the dreamy surf rock meets psych rock style with the added bonus of clean sky sunset during their set.

Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome

Sublime with Rome delivered a crowd pleasing set of Sublime songs. Starting of with police blue and red lights during the first song “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” all the way through “Santeria”.

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Incubus

Sublime with Rome

The Aquadolls

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