Mosh pits and high energy

The band Incubus, whose live shows are known for mosh pits and high energy, will bringing its frenetic style to the Santa Ana Star Center on Tuesday.

After setting out on their own to explore their individual talents, the band Incubus got back into the studio last year to create their sixth album.

"We got out of the tour bus for a while," said bass player Ben Kenney.

But the band is back together and is now touring in support of that new disc, "If Not Now, When?"

The Incubus bus rolls into Rio Rancho's Santa Ana Star Center on Tuesday.

"I think we all just needed to get away from it for a while," Kenney said of the hiatus that stretched to about five years.

"But we still feel like we all have a lot to do with our music," he said. "We still have a lot to say."

Band member Brandon Boyd has described the new album as an "unabashed, romantic, lush, sonic love letter to the world."

That's a pretty accurate statement, Kenney said, as the band set out to stretch itself musically.

"It's a lot lighter and a lot slower," he said of the new music. "We expanded and added to what we do."

That, however, doesn't mean that Incubus fans will be deprived of their old sound.

Quite the contrary, Kenney said.

"We keep expanding what we do, but we're still going to do all the old stuff," he said. "We're not trying to be something we're not, we're just adding to it."

That evolving sound has been something of an Incubus trademark, Boyd said.

"Incubus will always be a work in progress because we are constantly evolving, and we're not really conscious of direction," Boyd said in an interview with Alternative Press. "I think because we've never had just one sound, our audience respects us. We're out to take them on a little adventure that's just ours."

The band's live shows are known for their high energy levels, teeming mosh pits and exuberant, head-banging fans.

Boyd's vocal style is a combination of singing, screaming, and even screeching - which seems appropriate for a band with such diverse influences as Ella Fitzgerald and Iron Maiden.

"We have a very aggressive sound," Kenney said. "We're getting older and our sound is a little different, but we're getting older without sounding lame."

The latest tour kicked off in May in Europe, allowing the band to hone its stage presence.

"Right now, we're playing some of the best shows we've ever played," Kenney said.

It is not the first time Incubus has visited New Mexico, but hitting Rio Rancho will be a first.

Kenney has some fond memories of previous tour stops in the state because he knows some of the local mixed-martial-art fighters from the area.

As for Incubus, Kenney said he's enjoying the gig.

"I'm still here," he said. "I'm happy where I'm at. I love it."

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