Alt-rock band Incubus and nu-metal band Deftones played to a mostly full crowd at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis on Friday night as each band had their distinctive fans.
A contrast in styles that defines these two alt-rock bands would not have normally been the first choice when setting up a tour. With the Deftones fans wearing the more metal garb and the fans of Incubus decked out in a more colorful attire it was pretty easy to spot who was there for whom, until the music started that is.
Deftones gave no hints at the new material that they have recorded for their next album. A teaser just to be a teaser would have been a nice added bonus, but I understand that decision for purity sake.
The band (Lead singer Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, drummer Abe Cunningham, keyboardist Frank Delgado and bassist Sergio Vega) came out running with “Diamond Eyes” and “Rocket Skates” and never looked back.
Chino was Chino, flailing about the stage with tons of energy and emotion. It was hard not to get amped up along with him. Although, his vocals wavered a bit the emotional impact he left on the stage was invigorating and contagious.
Plowing through songs like “Sextape”, Knife Prty” and “My Own Summer (Shove it)” it was clear that they weren’t about to phone in the performance, not that they ever have.
They sounded great during their epic “Passenger” and drove the intensity through the roof. With a new album coming out in November it will be interesting to see if they have a different approach to their sound as Chino is keeping a tight lid on the product.
Incubus had a tough act to follow and they were up to the challenge. They completely engulfed the crowd from the get go with a flavorful set that encompassed every part of their repertoire, having done so with ease and confidence.
Their colorful set kicked off with the timeless “Wish You Were Here” and “Anna Molly”.
Even though the band hasn’t had an album release since 2011’s If Not Now, When?, they did release a four song EP this year entitled Trust Fall (Side A). Still, not a lot of material from a band that hasn’t put out what you would call a lot of new music in the past decade.
That being said, the band (lead singer Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einzinger, drummer Jose Pasillas II, Keyboardist Chris Kilmore and bassist Ben Kenney) still has a very large following of fans who want to forget about the week that was and get away for a while.
Boyd was the enigmatic front man, his vocals strong as he sounded spectacular throughout the set, but his interaction with the crowd was timid. It was as if he could only speak through singing. With songs like the powerful “In the Company of Wolves” and their biggest hit “Drive”, with the crowd speaking back, it appeared there was no loss of communication whatsoever.
The highlight of the show was an intense version of “Pardon Me” with some great vibrant energy rampant throughout the venue.
Death From Above 1979 and Bots opened the show, both with nice sets, though I was expecting much more from Death From Above 1979 from what I had heard from other venues and festivals.
Wish You Were Here
Are You In?
In the Company of Wolves
Nice to Know You
Here in My Room
Megalomaniac (with verse of “Come as You Are” by Nirvana)
A Crow Left of the Murder
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
You’ve Seen the Butcher
When Girls Telephone Boys
Change (In the House of Flies)
Engine No. 9
Death From Above 1979 Setlist:
Turn It Out
Right On, Frankenstein!
White is Red
The Physical World