Hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping and everybody moving. Grooves for days. Monster horns and shredding psych-rock guitars. These are among the elements that make up the Five Alarm Funk experience – which has truly become da bomb at TD Sunfest. The Vancouver-based band is nine men strong and over a decade deep into a career that has seen it release five acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country on four national tours. And this vehicle isn’t about to slow down. In fact, Five Alarm Funk is just picking up steam.
Don’t be fooled by the name: there’s more to Five Alarm Funk than, well, funk. Just ask drummer Tayo Branston, who says that, although they are rooted in the style that gives the outfit its name, he and his bandmates thrive on being able to transcend that genre by seamlessly mixing in elements of Gypsy rock, Latin music, ska, and even prog-metal. “I would say that it’s intense, passionate, and fun, genre-spanning music that really anybody can get onboard with,” Tayo says. “It’s got such an array of different sounds, and you can tell that each player has his own individual take and input into each track.”
FAF’s fifth studio LP, released in 2014, is the hard-rocking concept record Abandon Earth, which imagines the destruction of Earth by a giant tyrannical robot. Before the Apocalypse actually strikes, be sure to unleash your primal self by joining this weekend’s craziest dance party (Gorilla suits are optional!).