Five Alarm Funk is an eight-piece funk band out of Vancouver that for the better part of a decade has become known for their hard-hitting performances. With deep-rooted grooves complemented by larger-than-life horns and shred-heavy guitars, Five Alarm Funk continues to plot their United States takeover. Earlier in the spring, the band released their 6th studio album, Sweat, which sees the band imbuing their dance-oriented funk sound with tastes of psychedelic rock, ska, prog-metal, Latin, and more.

Today, Five Alarm Funk has just dropped a brand-new music video for a number off their new album titled “Widowmaker”. The song itself boasts a massive, heavy sound, taking on a dark, rumbling tone after the song’s initial climactic build. As drummer and vocalist Tayo Branston detailed, “‘Widowmaker’ is a hard-hitting groove that mixes intense horn melodies with punchy, driving bass and sinister guitars. We wanted to create a show starter when writing it, something that immediately catches your attention and directly lets you know what kind of night you’re in for. I can say the same for this video. Our director Matt did an awesome job, as well as the dancers Navid and Kelanie, setting this beautiful dance to the death into motion.”

The new video for “Widowmaker” was directed by Matt Leaf, and riffs off the dark tone of the track. Focusing on two dancers, Navid Charkhi and Kelanie Rose, their dancing captures the passion and portrays the dangerous undertones to the tune. As the critically acclaimed director told us, “I’ve always wanted to make a video that focuses heavily on dancing and making dancing feel dangerous. Beautiful and violent. We went for a vintage look and feel and had the best of the best dancers for this style of movement. Our producers at Boldly found us a fantastic cinematographer (Cole Graham), who instantly shared the vision and brought the visuals to life in a way I would never have expected. Shot in cinemascope, the cinematic look and feel are both subversive and delicate, often the two feelings occur in the same frame.”

You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of the video for Five Alarm Funk’s “Widowmaker” below. Following Sweat‘s release, Five Alarm Funk has been plotting a promotional tour, which sees the band hitting venues across the U.S. and Canada. You can check out their tour dates below or on the band’s website.


Upcoming Five Alarm Funk Tour Dates:

Tue/Oct 31, 2017 – Crystal Bay, NV – Tahoe Biltmore
Thurs/Nov 2, 2017  -Whistler, BC – Maury Young Arts Centre
Sat/Nov 4, 2017 – Kamloops, BC – Bottoms Bar & Grill
Sat/Nov 18, 2017 – Rossland, BC – Miner’s Hall
Thu/Jan 25, 2018 – Sandpoint, ID – The Hive
Fri/Jan 26, 2018 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
Sat/Jan 27, 2018 – Bozeman, MT – Filling Station
Sun/Jan 28, 2018 – Moscow, ID – John’s Ally
Sat/Feb 17, 2018 – Seattle, OR – Nectar
Wed/Feb 21, 2018 –  Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto
Thu/Feb 22, 2018 – Jasper, AB – Legion
Fri/Feb 23, 2018 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Sat/Feb 24, 2018 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Tue/Feb 27, 2018 – Golden, BC – Rockwater
Wed/Feb 28, 2018 – Revelstoke, BC – Traverse
Thu/Mar 1, 2018 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s
Sat/Mar 3, 2018 – Edmonton, AB – The Needle
Sun/Mar 4, 2018 – Banff, AB – Wild Bill’s
Fri/Apr 27, 2018 – Campbell River, BC – The Tidemark Theatre
Sat/Apr 28, 2018 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom

[Photo: Maggie MacPherson]