Five Alarm Funk (Canada)

Five Alarm Funk is a horn-powered, percussion-fueled sonic and visual assault. Over 17 years of hard funking, the band has burned up stages on four continents (including annual appearances at London’s TD Sunfest), released six studio albums, and received two Juno Award nominations. And this ride isn’t about to slow down! FAF is set to release its 7th studio album, Big Smoke. The 11 tracks get right to the roots of what the group is all about: epic, intense arrangements, heavy grooves and a ton of fun.

As drummer, vocalist and band leader Tayo Branston puts it, “Big Smoke is the tightest, funkiest and most energized album we’ve ever created, it’s the culmination of years of creating, recording and performing together. We call it Punk Funk – it’s got the punch of heavy hitting dance music with the energy of a ruckus live concert.” The new release features two awesome collaborations: the first with legendary funkster Bootsy Collins, and the second with baritone sax phenom Leo P of Too Many Zooz.

For all the honing of their studio craft, Five Alarm Funk’s epic live shows are still what define the band. Its sweat-drenched concerts are infused with an intense spirit of fun that breaks down barriers between band and audience and moves both into a manic dance party. Wild costumes, props, and choreography complement the seriously tight arrangements and genre-mashing grooves. As Vancouver’s Georgia Straight put it, “I lost control and went on a dance rampage… You guys blew my mind and body.”