"SWEAT is a powerhouse of funk and fusion. We wanted to create a dance party record front to back."
Hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping, everybody is moving. Monster horns, crushing percussion and shredding psych-rock guitars are among the elements that make up the Five Alarm Funk experience.
The band, from Vancouver, is eight men strong and over a decade into a career that has seen it release six acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country. Five Alarm Funk has picked up steam with the release of their 6th studio album, Sweat. Sweat gets right to the roots of what Five Alarm Funk is all about. Intense arrangements, heavy groove and a ton of fun. There is more to Five Alarm Funk than funk. The band’s drummer Tayo Branston, says “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 styles, Ska. It’s intense, passionate and fun, genre-spanning music that really anybody can get onboard with.”
For a perspective on the band listen to any of Five Alarm Funks 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 years Juno Awards) and their 5th studio album, Abandon Earth (winner of Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 WCMAs).In 2016, Abandon Earths, single Robot was nominated for a Leo Award for music video of the year.
Five Alarm Funk has just released Sweat, which features 12 of the funkiest tracks the band has ever written. We can’t wait to see Five Alarm Funk on the Wild Mountain Stage, Saturday of Wild Mountain 2017.