Five Alarm Funk are taking their fourth studio album, Rock the Sky, on the road. Nominated for ‘Instrumental Album of the Year’ at the 2013 Juno Awards and ‘Instrumental Recording of the Year’ at the 2013 WCMAs, fans will be able to enjoy the band live on their cross-Canada summer tour, kicking off on June 21 in Kelowna, BC.
As the name implies, and the epic Pegasus on the cover attests, Rock the Sky has the band embracing their rock influences. “Iron Pegasus” is Iron Maiden meeting Tower of Power in an Egyptian bazaar, while “Wash Your Face” evokes Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock fighting to the death. The funk is not forgotten in “The Critic”, with heavy baritone sax propelling a slow and sexy groove.
On stage the group is an unstoppable orgy of energy. Ten musicians perform intricate and airtight arrangements with delirious dance moves and full-on head banging. Choreographed arm movements coincide with melodic climaxes, while the four percussionists create a true spectacle, not to be missed.
The horn powered, percussion fuelled sonic and visual assault has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the United States for over a decade. Touring around in their trusty 15-passenger van numerous times, they have built their fan base from the ground up. From over 500 Five Alarm Funk shows some highlights include: Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Shambhala, Sunfest in London Ontario, Ness Creek Festival in Saskatchewan, Summer Meltdown in Washington, the Keelung Mid-Summer Festival in Taiwan, and numerous sold-out shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
Five Alarm Funk is:
Gabe Boothroyd – Guitar
Oliver Gibson – Guitar
Neil Towers – Bass
Tayo Branston – Drums/Vocals
Justin Kennedy – Percussion/Vocals
Tom Towers – Congas
Carl Julig – Timbales
Nimish Parekh – Trombone
Dameian Walsh – Tenor Saxophone
Kent Wallace – Trumpet