Incubus: HQ Live

American alt rockers partake in mellow celebrations.

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To celebrate their band lifespan of 20 years and seven albums – make you feel old? – American easy listenin’ alt rockers Incubus played six intimate shows in Los Angeles last year. Now they’ve released a two-disc special edition of those performances featuring tracks from their mainstream-breaking 1999 album Make Yourself onwards, omitting the raw, funky sounds of their first two releases.

The discs focus on Make Yourself and its follow-up, the gorgeously mellow Morning View and, while some may be miffed that pre-limelight Incubus is being bypassed, the softer songs suit the stripped-down setting.

With the band embarking on a hiatus, it’s fitting for us to be reminded just exactly why they have received recognition, and why they deserve it.

Hannah May Kilroy

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.