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INCUBUS takes “Trust Fall” in Dallas with Deftones + Death From Above 1979 & The Bots!

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INCUBUS takes “Trust Fall” in Dallas with Deftones + Death From Above 1979 & The Bots!

Review by: Mac M.
Feature photos by: Rhombi Survivor

Almost 25 years since lead singer Brandon Boydformed the band Incubus. Despite some lineup changes and an evolving sound over the years one thing has clearly remained the same. They still have no problem headlining a show even when the Deftones are co-headlining before them!

To kick off the evening things were a little ahead of schedule due to either the promoter (Live Nation Dallas) or possibly one of the bands eagerness to start. That being said we completely missed our window in the photo pit for The Bots performance despite having arrived 15 minutes before their original stage time. If you’re not familiar with the two LA brothers, Mikaiah Lei (lead vocals, guitar, bass) and Anaiah Lei (drums, percussion and bgs), have been kicking it garage/punk/blues style since they were literally just kids. 15 and 12 to be exact. They delivered a solid yet short opening set to the early crowd at Gexa Energy Pavilion.

Next up Death From Above 1979 immediately destroyed the stage opening up with “Turn It Out”. Massive sustaining guitar tone from Jesse Keeler hung over the pavilion like audio fog as DFA1979 took to the pitch black stage. A slow fade in of the bands larger than life two headed logo appeared in background right before drummer, Sebastien Grainger, plays the four count on the hi hat to kick off the song. My first thought is if these guys are the supporting band it’s going to be a good night!

Deftones brought a ton of rock know how and the kind of high level stage energy that only hard rock vets can deliver throughout their hour+ long set of classics and newer songs. Co-heading a rock bill is never easy and with that much heavy sound up front it was hard to imagine Incubus following based on general knowledge of their discography.

It’s good to be wrong! Brandon and crew took to the stage with the kind of open shirt swagger that could have made David Lee Roth envious! Leading off with a Hans Zimmercover, yes, I said Hans Zimmer, of “Stay” that intro-ed right into “Nice to Know You” set a new California vibe for the night. Title track “Trust Fall” from their latest release came in mid way through their set that was rounded out with their most popular song to date “Drive”& the title track from their 2004 release “A Crow Left of the Murder”.

First time for me personally catching all four bands live and a memorable show!

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