Five Alarm Funk Debuts Video For “We Play The Funk” feat. Bootsy Collins

FIVE ALARM FUNK is experiencing a landmark year in their 15+ year career. Following a nod at the 2018 JUNO Awards for their full-length album Sweat, the Vancouver-based eclectic eight-piece is celebrating the release of their latest single, “We Play The Funk,” featuring legendary funk icon Bootsy Collins with the debut of the official music video.

Check out the video for “We Play The Funk” now on Billboard here.

“The video is jammin’ from beginning to the start of something fresh and new,” Bootsy shares with Billboard. “For me it trips down memory lane with a bunch of musical freedom fighters going gung-ho just for the funk of it. All we ask in return is for you to have just as much fun as we do. This is not just a music video, this is a Groovement that will sweep one nation at a time. Soon we all will be onto first responders to Five Alarm Funk!”

“Bootsy’s the captain of funk, so for us to hop on board with him, man, it’s such a pleasure and such an honor and an inspiration,” FIVE ALARM FUNK drummer/vocalist Tayo Branston shares.

The project came about as Bootsy heard FIVE ALARM‘s original song “Capital City,” off their 2017 album Sweat (nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at this year’s JUNOs), and was inspired to re-work the track with his own flair. “We Play The Funk” ft. Bootsy Collins first premiered with Relix magazine, who called the band “explosive,” and is included on a mini EP titled Boots & Wheels, available now both digitally and via 7″ Flexi disc.

“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.”

FIVE ALARM FUNK is also gearing up for a very busy summer and fall out on the road, including making several festival appearances across Canada and the U.S., as well as their first-ever New York City show: September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl. The live experience is where the band really shines–hot, sweaty dance floors with feet stomping and everybody moving.

Over a decade into creating music, FIVE ALARM FUNKTayo 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, the group 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-metalCheck out their latest album Sweat here.

Catch FIVE ALARM FUNK out on the road all summer long:

Fri 6/15 – Nelson, BC – Hume Hotel

Sat 6/16 – Valemount, BC – Valemount Craft Beer Festival

Thu 6/21 – Prince George, BC – Royal Canadian Legion

Fri 6/22 – Joussard, AB – North Country Fair

Sat 6/23 – Swift Current, SK – Long Day’s Night Music Festival

Sun 6/24 – Regina, SK – Leo’s Parking Lot Party

Sun 7/1 – Sicamous, BC – Canada Day Festival

Thu-Fri 7/5-7/6 – London, ON – TD Sunfest

Thu-Sun 7/7-7/8 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival

Wed 7/11 – Thunder Bay, ON – Live On The Waterfront

Fri-Sat 7/13-7/14 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival Grounds

Sun 7/15 – Windsor, ON – Olde Walkerville Theatre

Mon 7/16 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog

Wed 7/18 – Montreal, QC – Zone Musique

Thu 7/19 – Sainte-Anne-Des-Monts, QC – Auberge Festive Seashack

Fri 7/20 – Baie-St-Paul, QC – Le Festif Festival

Sat 7/21 – Toronto, ON – The Beaches International Jazz Festival

Sun 7/22 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty’s

Tue 7/24 – St Paul, MN – Turf Club

Thu 7/26 – Bozeman, MT – The Filling Station

Fri 7/27 – Missoula, MT – The Top Hat

Sat 7/28 – Boise, ID – The Olympic

Sun 7/29 – La Pine, OR – Newberry Music & Arts Festival

Fri 8/3 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown Festival

Sat 8/4 – Vancouver, BC – Festival of Light

Wed 8/8 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews

Thu 8/9 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley

Fri 8/10 – San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room

Sat 8/11 – Belden, CA – For The Funk Of It

Sun 8/12 – Redding, CA – The Dip

Sat 8/18 – Cumberland, BC – Cumberland Wild

Tue 8/28 – Sandpoint, ID – Live After 5 Concert Series

Wed 8/29 – Coeur d’Alene, ID – Live After 5 Concert Series

Thu 9/13 – Halifax, NS – The Seahorse Tavern

Fri 9/14 – Fredericton, NB – Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

Sat 9/15 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s

Tue 9/18 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

Wed 9/19 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works

Thu 9/20 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Place

Fri 9/21 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah

Fri 9/28 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire

Sat 9/29 – Fairmont Hot Springs, BC – Wicked Woods Festival

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