Just as news comes of their 2018 JUNO award nomination, Canadian groove masters FIVE ALARM FUNK have teamed up with legendary funk icon Bootsy Collins for the release of a new song, ‘We Play The Funk,’ out today, February 16.
The project came about as Bootsy heard FIVE ALARM’s original song ‘Capital City,’ off their 2017 album Sweat, and was inspired to re-work the track with his own flair. ‘We Play The Funk’ ft. Bootsy Collins will also be included on a mini EP titled Boots & Wheels out March 9.
“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. Looking very forward to working more with them in the near future as well.”
“Bootsy is Funk, the whole Funk, and nothin’ but the Funk!!,” exclaims drummer/vocalist Tayo Branston. “His music, style and personality onstage are a catalyst in the inception and delivery of FAF. It’s an honour to work and create with such a pioneer in Funk music. I grew up listening to Bootsy — he’s inspired my writing, my performance, and shown that enjoying what you create and how you deliver it is one of the most important steps in longevity. ‘We Play The Funk’ is packed with slammin’ groove, and Bootsy’s iconic style takes it over the top. We’re pumped that it’s not only available digitally, but also on a 7″ Flexi, so it’s a true party on plastic! We couldn’t be more honoured than to work with such a Funk legend! It’s just the beginning…”
Sweat –released March 2017– is the latest in a string of projects that has earned FIVE ALARM FUNK two JUNO nominations and several Western Canadian Music Awards. The album –produced by Ben Kaplan (Rise Against, Mother Mother, Snoop Dogg), who also worked on their 2014 release Abandon Earth— is up for Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2018 JUNOS, being presented Sunday, March 25. Kaplan has also been recognized in the Recording Engineer of the Year category, due in part to his work on Sweat.
“Having Sweat nominated is an amazing feeling,” Branston explains. “We’ve worked tirelessly for 15 years creating and delivering this band to the world. To have this recognition from the industry, and 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!”
Over a decade into creating music, the Vancouver-based eclectic eight-piece–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, 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 at times prog-metal.
FIVE ALARM FUNK
Fri 2/16 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
Sat 2/17 – Seattle, OR – Nectar
Wed 2/21 – Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto
Thu 2/22 – Jasper, AB – Legion
Fri 2/23 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Sat 2/24 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Tue 2/27 – Golden, BC – Rockwater
Wed 2/28 – Revelstoke, BC – Traverse
Thu 3/1 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s
Fri 3/2 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
Sat 3/3 – Edmonton, AB – The Rec Room
Sun 3/4 – Banff, AB – Wild Bill’s
Tue 3/6 – Regina, SK – Revival Music Room
Thu 3/8 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Outpost
Fri 3/9 – Duluth, MN – Red Herring
Sat 3/10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
Sun 3/11 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
Wed 3/21-Sun 3/25 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
Fri 4/6 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lucidity Festival
Fri 4/20 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
Fri 4/27 – Campbell River, BC – Tidemark Theatre
Sat 4/28 – Victoria, BC – Capitol Ballroom