FIVE ALARM FUNK is experiencing a landmark year in their 15+ year career. Following a nod at the 2018 JUNO Awards for their full-length album Sweat, the Vancouver-based eclectic eight-piece is celebrating the release of their latest single, "We Play The Funk," featuring legendary funk icon Bootsy Collins with the debut of the official music video.
"The video is jammin' from beginning to the start of something fresh and new," Bootsy shares with Billboard. "For me it trips down memory lane with a bunch of musical freedom fighters going gung-ho just for the funk of it. All we ask in return is for you to have just as much fun as we do. This is not just a music video, this is a Groovement that will sweep one nation at a time. Soon we all will be onto first responders to Five Alarm Funk!"
"Bootsy's the captain of funk, so for us to hop on board with him, man, it's such a pleasure and such an honor and an inspiration," FIVE ALARM FUNK drummer/vocalist Tayo Branston shares.
The project came about as Bootsy heard FIVE ALARM's original song "Capital City," off their 2017 album Sweat (nominated for Instrumental Album of the Yearat this year's JUNOs), and was inspired to re-work the track with his own flair. "We Play The Funk" ft. Bootsy Collins first premiered with Relix magazine, who called the band "explosive," and is included on a mini EP titled Boots & Wheels, available now both digitally and via 7" Flexi disc.
"When I first heard Five Alarm Funk it felt very familiar and something I could embrace, so it was a no brainer for us to do something together," Bootsy shares. "They sent me this track and I felt it was fresh food for funk, so I wrote some funked up lyrics to it."
FIVE ALARM FUNK is also gearing up for a very busy summer and fall out on the road, including making several festival appearances across Canada and the U.S., as well as their first-ever New York City show: September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl. The live experience is where the band really shines--hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping and everybody moving.
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), Ricki Valentine (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, the group thrives on being able to transcend genre by seamlessly mixing in elements of gypsy rock, Afro-funk, Latin, ska, punk and even at times prog-metal. Check out their latest album Sweat here.
Catch FIVE ALARM FUNK out on the road all summer long:
Fri 6/15 - Nelson, BC - Hume Hotel
Sat 6/16 - Valemount, BC - Valemount Craft Beer Festival
Thu 6/21 - Prince George, BC - Royal Canadian Legion
Fri 6/22 - Joussard, AB - North Country Fair
Sat 6/23 - Swift Current, SK - Long Day's Night Music Festival
Sun 6/24 - Regina, SK - Leo's Parking Lot Party
Sun 7/1 - Sicamous, BC - Canada Day Festival
Thu-Fri 7/5-7/6 - London, ON - TD Sunfest
Thu-Sun 7/7-7/8 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
Wed 7/11 - Thunder Bay, ON - Live On The Waterfront
Fri-Sat 7/13-7/14 - Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival Grounds
Sun 7/15 - Windsor, ON - Olde Walkerville Theatre
Mon 7/16 - Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog
Wed 7/18 - Montreal, QC - Zone Musique
Thu 7/19 - Sainte-Anne-Des-Monts, QC - Auberge Festive Seashack
Fri 7/20 - Baie-St-Paul, QC - Le Festif Festival
Sat 7/21 - Toronto, ON - The Beaches International Jazz Festival
Sun 7/22 - Sarnia, ON - Paddy Flaherty's
Tue 7/24 - St Paul, MN - Turf Club
Thu 7/26 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
Fri 7/27 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat
Sat 7/28 - Boise, ID - The Olympic
Sun 7/29 - La Pine, OR - Newberry Music & Arts Festival
Fri 8/3 - Darrington, WA - Summer Meltdown Festival
Sat 8/4 - Vancouver, BC - Festival of Light
Wed 8/8 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt Brews
Thu 8/9 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
Fri 8/10 - San Francisco, CA - Boom Boom Room
Sat 8/11 - Belden, CA - For The Funk Of It
Sun 8/12 - Redding, CA - The Dip
Sat 8/18 - Cumberland, BC - Cumberland Wild
Tue 8/28 - Sandpoint, ID - Live After 5 Concert Series
Wed 8/29 - Coeur d'Alene, ID - Live After 5 Concert Series
Thu 9/13 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse Tavern
Fri 9/14 - Fredericton, NB - Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Sat 9/15 - Burlington, VT - Nectar's
Tue 9/18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
Wed 9/19 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Iron Works
Thu 9/20 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Place
Fri 9/21 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
Fri 9/28 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire
Sat 9/29 - Fairmont Hot Springs, BC - Wicked Woods Festival