TEAM UP WITH LEGENDARY FUNK ICON BOOTSY COLLINS ON SINGLE WE PLAY THE FUNK
2017 ALBUM SWEAT NOMINATED FOR ‘INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ AT THIS YEAR’S JUNOS
ADD NEW DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
"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 - March 9, 2018 - Today, Vancouver-based groove masters FIVE ALARM FUNK release their mini EP - Boots & Wheels - featuring We Play The Funk with the legendary Bootsy Collins and Wheels On The Bus. Last night the band wrapped up a string of Canadian tour dates and tonight kick off a US run. Full details can be found below and at http://www.fivealarmfunk.com/.
Check out Boots & Wheels Mini EP at http://smarturl.it/BootsandWheels
Last month the band were thrilled to find out that their 2017 album Sweat garnered 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 received a JUNO nomination for Recording Engineer of the Year for the track Widowmaker from Sweat.
FIVE ALARM FUNK on tour
Fri, March 9 - Duluth, MN - Red Herring
Sat, March 10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
Sun, March 11 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
Thu, March 22 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
Tues, April 3 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt Brews
Wed, April 4 - Reno, NV - The Saint
Thu, April 5 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
Fri, April 6 - Santa Barbara, CA — Lucidity Festival
Sat, April 7 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Sun, April 8 - Redding, CA - The Dip
Fri, April 20 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Fri, April 27 - Campbell River, BC - Tidemark Theatre
Sat, April 28 - Victoria, BC - Capitol Ballroom
Sat, June 16 - Valemount, BC - Valemount Craft Beer Festival
Thu, June 21 - Prince George, BC - Royal Canadian Legion
Fri, June 22 - Joussard, AB - North Country Fair
Thu, July 5 - Sun, July 8 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Fest
Thu, August 2 - Sun, August 5 - Darrington, WA - Summer Meltdown Festival
Sat, August 18 - Cumberland, BC - Cumberland Wild
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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