[photogallerylink id=122596]During Kevin & Bean’s Breakfast With Incubus at Incubus’ headquarters, Kevin & Bean summed up the impact of the band best by mentioning that the iconic [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm] were only together for eight years while [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Incubus[/lastfm] has been relentlessly touring and churning out albums for twenty years since their Calabasas-area genesis as high school rockers.
Evidenced at the breakfast, the funk alt-metal sound that is quintessential Incubus has evolved and matured since the big, brash noise of their début album, Fungus Amoungus, but not to the point of abandon.
As a live band, Incubus deftly showcases the rich extent of their artistic prowess and the album-arching figurative themes of spirit and soul which act as musical anchor to their devoted listeners–as lead singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brandon Boyd[/lastfm] would prefer to call his fans.
A warm, spacious warehouse space in the middle of the city, Incubus’ headquarters boasted loft ceilings complete with industrial rafters lit up by both flattering stage lights and glimmers of shine in dangling light bulbs.
The first thing you notice when you walk into the building is both the nonchalant but well-stylized mix-and match-furniture and the amazing professional and fan created art on the walls.
During one of the breaks, the band mentioned that one of their prime motivations behind creating the Incubus Headquarters was to create a space of artistic honesty between them and their fans. Incubus has already held shows in this space and some of the lucky audience members had seemingly developed a detached rapport with some of the band.
When I questioned them, I was told that they had already been to some of the headquarter shows and all of the Southern California dates.
The fact that Incubus can build this compassionate and conscientious connection with their “listeners” says a lot about the band as a whole.
Indeed, Brandon Boyd’s candid personality is exactly what one might expect: playfully boyish, slightly shy, psychical, yet cerebral and exquisitely intense. A perfect complement to Boyd’s quiet fervor is guitarist Mike Einzinger’s sincere and self-effacing charm.
Bassist Ben Kenney brought his typical dry sense of humor (and a trophy that said “Ben Kenney: World’s Fourth Greatest Bass Player”); drummer Jose Pasillas exuded a stylish, confident masculinity; and DJ/keyboardist, Chris Kilmore, sat introspective and quietly watching everything around him.
When the band finally came out to play their set, I had already heard whispers from the women sitting next to me that they could hear Boyd doing his vocal warm-ups with “Promises, Promises.”
Incredibly early, on a dreary Los Angeles morning, these vocal warm-ups would be in vain for many other bands, but Incubus (and Boyd) came out sounding crisp and organic, with absolutely no fatigue in their music despite Boyd’s later tweet that he needed a nap.
In between powerful single song sets of Incubus hits like “Nice To Know You,” “Thieves,” “Promises, Promises,” “Love Hurts,” “Pardon Me,” and “Adolescents,” Incubus answered questions from fans, autographed a random assortment of media, and strummed out songs, including one from the compared Beatles.
Despite the quips from Kevin & Bean, the omnipresent camera crew, the carefully-curated art, and the rock band in the middle of the room, Incubus made their Breakfast With Kevin & Bean sound like a late-night jam session with their closest friends watching contentedly.