Incubus/Young the Giant

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, September 18, 2011

Incubus once again returned to Maryland and this time around they brought Young the Giant with them. Chip Tamplin had the opportunity to check out the show, check below for his photos and thoughts.

Young the Giant:

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have any idea who Young the Giant was before this show. To be fair, I don’t listen to the radio or watch MTV anymore so the vast majority of newer bands I listen to come from live shows, but I will admit Young the Giant impressed me.

They’re not normally my kind of music, but they were definitely entertaining. Vocalist Sameer Gadhia had great stage presence and a surprisingly catchy voice while guitarists Eric Cannata and Jacob Tilley were playing off one another. Still not a fan of the band, but they were a worthy opener for Incubus.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 8.5

Setlist:

1. I Got
2. Apartment
3. Guns Out
4. Cough Syrup
5. Shake My Hand
6. Street Walker
7. Islands
8. My Body

Incubus:

Let me just start off by saying Incubus is an incredible band. I’ve loved Incubus for close to a decade now and every time I’ve seen them they’ve been mind blowing. They may not be overly enthusiastic on stage or have any pyro or any of the other devices bands use to make their sets more “exciting” but one of the things I enjoy most about an Incubus show is how you’re able to tell just how passionate the band is about their music, Brandon Boyd especially.

Besides passion for their music, one of the other biggest things you hear about an Incubus show is how quickly Boyd loses his shirt. Ladies swoon early and often. It was pretty amusing to watch friends of mine turn from normal twenty-something’s into the likes of twelve year olds chasing after Nsync’s tour bus. But I digress. Incubus played a wonderfully long set comprised of some of their biggest hits, newest songs and some songs they haven’t played in awhile. It was great to hear “A Certain Shade of Green”, “Talk Shows on Mute” and a beautiful dedication of “Wish You Were Here” to the victims of 9/11, which this show was on the tenth anniversary of.

Sadly Incubus doesn’t tour that much any more, but when you do see them you definitely get your moneys worth and I guess they’re trying not to spoil us too much. Boyd and co. put on one hell of a show that is hard to beat. If you ever get the chance to see them live I implore you take it.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Megalomaniac
2. Wise You Were Here
3. Adolescents
4. Anna Molly
5. Promises, Promises
6. If Not Now, When?
7. Privilege
8. Consequence
9. A Certain Shade of Green
10. In the Company of Wolves
11. Defiance
12. Talk Shows on Mute [Acoustic]
13. The Warmth
14. A Kiss to Send Us Off
15. Dig
16. Drive
17. Switchblade
18. Nice to Know You

Encore:

19. Pardon Me
20. Are You In?
21. Tomorrow’s Food

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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