I love Incubus. I watched them in high school on the Family Values video while pulling cones, I used their lyrics in all my English essays, I listen to them at least once a week, and I even payed $100+ dollars to see them last night, even though I haven’t liked any of their albums post 2001 (Morning View).
Last night they opened up with Wish You Were Here which made me so happy, and my built up anticipation and excitement was not disappointed. That high crashed rapidly with the next 9 songs. They played songs from albums released from 2004-2015. The worst thing I could hear at a gig is “hey, this is one of our new tracks”. NO. STOP IT.
I don’t understand how they could go on playing all these new songs and boring-arse tracks that no one likes when the crowd reaction (around me at least) was dead. Like cross your arms dead and half clap at the end of a song because you don’t want to be rude. When they played the classics, every one went nuts, why wouldn’t you want to keep up that energy and enjoyment?
On the up side, they always sound spot-on playing live. Brandon’s voice is heaven, the band are on point and Brandon’s predictable loss of his shirt over the course of the show is always appreciated. The second half of the show was also pretty amazing, They played tracks like Circles, Nice To Know You, Drive, Pardon Me and one of my all time favourites The Warmth.
I know I’m probably being ridiculous, but if I pay over $100 to see a band, I expect to hear the classics. I went to go see Simon & Garfunkel and they didn’t pull out any new tracks, they played the classics and Paul Simon even did some of the classic Graceland tracks, which made my heart happy.
Maybe there should have been some sort of warning. Or perhaps they could do what Weezer and other artists do and play an album from start to finish.
Check out the set list below