JUNOfest '17 Ottawa
Five Alarm Funk
Warren Dean Flandez
Friday, March 31, 2017
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This event is 19 and over
8pm Harea Band
9pm Rebecca Noelle
10pm Tanika Charles
11pm The Split
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These are among the elements that make up the Five Alarm Funk experience. The Vancouver-based band is nine men strong and over a decade deep into a career that has seen it release five acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country on four national tours. And this vehicle isn’t about to slow down. In fact, Five Alarm Funk is just picking up steam.
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 Gypsy 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 onboard 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.”
Need proof? Take a listen to any of Five Alarm Funk’s studio albums, which include Anything Is Possible (winner of Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards) and Rock the Sky (which was nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2013 WCMAs and Instrumental Album of the Year at that year’s Juno Awards.)
FAF’s fifth studio LP, released last June, is the hard-rocking Abandon Earth. Produced by Ben Kaplan (Mother Mother, Biffy Clyro), Abandon Earth is a concept record about the destruction of Earth by a giant tyrannical robot. Abandon Earth has once again been nominated for the Western Canadian Music Award for Instrumental Recording of the Year, with Kaplan also garnering nominations for his engineering and production.
The band took the album’s Balkan-inspired horns, prog-metal six-string shredding, and ambitious, cinematic arrangements on tour across Canada and into the United States in the summer of 2014. And the road goes ever on. Five Alarm Funk will hit the studio again this winter, with a new record slated for next spring, and after that? Well, the plan is to take on the entire planet, but FAF will be happy to get the party started in the U.S. And Europe. Not to mention Australia and New Zealand.
“If we can capture those audiences like we’ve captured Canada, I think the band would have a huge opportunity to make year-long tours happen,” Tayo says. “We love to play!”
Not confined by genre specific stereotypes, Flandez’s album Eternally Grateful is a soulfully charged, urban infused gospel record that spreads the word in a non-traditional way, that is not only inspirational, but also accessible to mainstream audiences. Produced by award winning producers, Jamie Kuse and Mike Southworth and featuring guest appearances by Rosemary Siemens, Terrance Richmond, Top Line Vocal Collective, The New Heights Victory Mass Choir and the Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra. Flandez’s Eternally Grateful is a must have for anyone with a heartbeat.
Their newly released album York St debuted at number two on CKCU FM’s charts in its first week and has received much praise from local media. The quartet’s hook-filled melodies entertained an enthusiastic crowd at the 2016 Ottawa Bluesfest with The Revue adding that the band “immensely impressed”.
Their up-tempo, passion fueled jam That’s My Man recently earned them a trip to Tokyo to represent Canada at the Yamaha Music 2016 Asian Beat competition. The band was thrilled to be awarded second prize for their performance by the award-winning bassist and composer Nathan East. Earlier in the year, leMeow was also included in the regional finals of the 2016 CBC Music Searchlight competition. LiVE 88.5’s music director DJ Noah said, “If you like Amy Winehouse, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Adele, you’ll dig leMeow!”
Lead singer Gin Bourgeois is described as having the perfect combination of smoothness and grit to her voice which is superbly complemented by the funky bass grooves of James Rooke. The common-law couple co-wrote the music for their FACTOR funded album and recorded it at Johnny Hall Productions with producer Eric Eggleston. The duo has since added the supremely talented Brent Hultquist on keys and Jansen Richard on drums to their musical roster.
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