JUNO NOMINATED GROOVE MASTERS FIVE ALARM FUNK
TEAM UP WITH LEGENDARY FUNK ICON BOOTSY COLLINS FOR NEW SINGLE
WE PLAY THE FUNK
NEW MINI EP BOOTS & WHEELS DUE OUT MARCH 9
2017 ALBUM SWEAT NOMINATED FOR
‘INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ AT THIS YEAR’S JUNOS
KICK OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TONIGHT
"Citing influences such as Red Baraat and Antibalas….Five Alarm know how to get a party started” - exclaim!
"Frank Zappa meets Hedwig meets the mating dance of the silverback gorilla” -Beatroute Magazine
“I lost control and went on a dance rampage,….You guys blew my mind and body…” - Georgia Straight
“Sweat is a perfect statement of how Five Alarm Funk is just like Five Alarm Chili: maybe a bit too hot but way too tasty to stop! Hit Play and step back because this is truly a face melter!” - The Walleye
TORONTO, ON - February 16, 2018 - Today, Vancouver-based groove masters FIVE ALARM FUNK drop a banging new track, We Play The Funk featuring the legendary Bootsy Collins. "When I 1st heard "Five Alarm Funk" it felt very familiar & something I could embrace, so it was a no brainer for us to do something together. They sent me this track & I felt it was fresh food for funk, so I wrote some funked up lyric's to it. Looking very forward to working more with them in the near future as well." Funk me Dirty baba! Bootsy Baby!!!👌👍😎 The song premiered yesterday on Relix and will be featured on an upcoming Mini EP, Boots & Wheels, due out March 9, 2018 (INDEPENDENT). Have a listen and share here http://bit.ly/2HgNxCS. The band kicks off a string of North American dates tonight in Spokane, WA. Full details can be found below and at http://www.fivealarmfunk.com/.
Check out “We Play The Funk,” co-written by and featuring Bootsy
available everywhere: https://song.link/WePlayTheFunk.
Teaming up with Bootsy Collins was a dream come true for Five Alarm Funk. "Bootsy is Funk, the whole Funk, and nothin' but the Funk!!" Frontman Tayo Branston continues, "His music, style and personality on stage is catalyst in the inception and delivery of FAF. It's an honour to work and create with such a pioneer in Funk music. I grew up listening to Bootsy, he's inspired my writing, my performance, and shown that enjoying what you create and how you deliver it is one of the most important steps in longevity. 'We Play The Funk' is packed with slammin groove, and Bootsy's iconic style takes it over the top. We're pumped that it's not only available digitally, but also on a 7" Flexi, so it's a true party on plastic! We couldn't be more honoured than to work with such a Funk legend! It's just the beginning...."
Earlier this month the band were thrilled to find out that their 2017 album Sweat nabbed them a JUNO Nomination. "Having our album Sweat NOMINATED for Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards is an amazing feeling," shares Branston. "We've worked tirelessly for 15 years creating and delivering this band to the world. To have this recognition from the industry, and an outburst of support and happiness from fans, partners, friends, and family is such an inspiration. We're honoured to take part in the Juno ceremonies, and wish the best of luck to all the 2018 nominees!" Their engineer Ben Kaplan garnered a JUNO nomination for Recording Engineer of the Year for the track Widowmaker from Sweat.
FIVE ALARM FUNK on tour
Fri 2/16 — Spokane, WA — The Big Dipper
Sat 2/17 — Seattle, OR — Nectar
Wed 2/21 — Kamloops, BC — Blue Grotto
Thu 2/22 — Jasper, AB — Legion
Fri 2/23 — Grande Prairie, AB — Better Than Fred's
Sat 2/24 — Grande Prairie, AB — Better Than Fred's
Tue 2/27 — Golden, BC — Rockwater
Wed 2/28 — Revelstoke, BC — Traverse
Thu 3/1 — Red Deer, AB — Bo's
Fri 3/2 — Calgary, AB — The Palace Theatre
Sat 3/3 — Edmonton, AB — The Rec Room
Sun 3/4 — Banff, AB — Wild Bill’s
Tue 3/6 — Regina, SK — Revival Music Room
Thu 3/8 — Thunder Bay, ON — The Outpost
Fri 3/9 — Duluth, MN — Red Herring
Sat 3/10 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th St Entry
Sun 3/11 — Fargo, ND — The Aquarium
Thu 3/22 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
Fri 4/6 — Santa Barbara, CA — Lucidity Festival
Fri 4/20 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore
Fri 4/27 — Campbell River, BC — Tidemark Theatre
Sat 4/28 — Victoria, BC — Capitol Ballroom
What's The Story about Five Alarm Funk?
First of all - don’t be fooled by their name: there’s more to Five Alarm Funk than funk. Over a decade into creating music, FIVE ALARM FUNK--Tayo Branston (drums/vocals), Gabe Boothroyd (guitar), Oliver Gibson (guitar), Jason Smith (bass), Thomas Towers (congas), Carl Julig (timbales), Eli Bennett (saxophone) and Kent Wallace (trumpet)--remains as impossible as ever to put into a box. Although they are rooted in the style that gives the outfit its name, FIVE ALARM FUNK thrives on being able to transcend genre by seamlessly mixing in elements of gypsy rock, Afro-funk, Latin, ska, punk and even prog-metal.
Need proof? Take a listen to any of Five Alarm Funk’s studio albums, which include Anything Is Possible (winner of Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards), Rock the Sky (which was nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2013 WCMAs and Instrumental Album of the Year at that year’s JUNO Awards), and Abandon Earth (winner of Instrumental Recording of the Year at 2015 WCMAs).
Garnering them the Instrumental Artist of the Year at Break Out West’s WCMAs (Western Canadian Music Awards) this past September FAF's sixth studio LP, Sweat, is an epic collection of 12 new tracks, produced by Ben Kaplan (Mother Mother, Biffy Clyro).
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