Pre-Release Review – Five Alarm Funk

By: Remington Fioraso

Album – Abandon Earth
Release Date – June 10, 2014
Genre – Funk
Label – Indie

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Five Alarm Funk is a ten-pieced party-funk band consisting of Gabe Boothroyd (Guitar), Oliver Gibson (Guitar), Neil Towers (Bass), Tayo Branston (Drums/Vocals), Tom Towers (Congas), Carl Julig (Timbales), Nimish Parekh (Trombone), Dameian Walsh (Tenor Saxophone) and Kent Wallace (Trumpet). The band will be releasing their fifth studio record, “Abandon Earth” on June 10, 2014.

When listening to the record, I found it intriguing that it was primarily instrumental. Vocals are featured minimally on tracks like “We All Scream.” However, the high energy contained within the songs and talent displayed within the instrumentals make the album enjoyable to listen to. My favourite songs on “Abandon Earth” are “Robot” and “We All Scream.”

If you enjoy funk music or music that makes you want to get up and move, I would definitely recommend “Abandon Earth.”

Rating 3.5/5

Connect with Five Alarm Funk:
http://fivealarmfunk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/fivealarmfunk

If you are interested in seeing Five Alarm Funk live, here are their upcoming tour dates:

JUNE
7 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
20 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire
21/22 – Driftpile, AB – North Country Fair
23 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
24 – Banff, AB – Wild Bill’s
25 – Calgary, AB – Dicken’s Pub
26 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
27 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Fest
28/29 – Saskatoon, SK – Sask Jazz Fest
30 – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid Cabaret

JULY
1 – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid Cabaret
2 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crock’s
4 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty’s
5/6 – London, ON – Sunfest
9 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog Tavern
10 – Montreal, PQ – Le Divan Orange
11 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
12 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
20 – Regina, SK – O’Hanlon’s
22 – Golden, BC – Rockwater
23 – Red Deer, AB – Fratter’s
24 – Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto
25 – Victoria, BC – Phillip’s Backyard Weekender
31 – Revelstoke, BC – Traverse

AUGUST
1/2/3 – Penticton, BC – Boonstock
10 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown Festival

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