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Hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping and everybody moving. Grooves for days. Monster horns, crushing percussion and shredding psych-rock guitars.
These are among the elements that make up the Five Alarm Funk experience. The Vancouver-based band is eight men strong and over a decade deep into a career that has seen it release ten acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country. And this vehicle isn’t about to slow down.
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 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 on board 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.”