Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in January out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Five Alarm Funk: Sweat

Sweat is a solid blast of fun that shows why Five Alarm Funk, on album number six and decade number two, are still a force with which to be reckoned.


Five Alarm Funk

Sweat

Label: Five Alarm Funk
US Release Date: 2017-03-03
UK Release Date: 2017-03-03
Amazon
iTunes

In a promo video for Sweat, Five Alarm Funk vocalist and drummer Tayo Branston explained the band's routine: "We write all winter, go on tour in the summer, get all the material super locked down, and then hit the studio." The precision of that schedule gives a peek behind Five Alarm Funk’s creative curtain. Despite being a genre-bending, free-flowing outfit that exudes spontaneous energy onstage, there's a mechanical, professional work ethic behind their grooves.

Sweat, Five Alarm Funk's sixth album, is no exception. “Widowmaker” is a swervy blast of horn-driven funk, while "DDPP" is made for live-show shout-alongs. Throughout, the horns are absolutely scene-stealing, infusing the album with a steady, brassy energy. Branston's vocals are mainly texture—a semi-colon to connect groovy clauses. The guttural vocal blasts of “DDPP”, which cap off a list of percussion instruments with “Dance, dance, party, party!” propel that track’s energy, though not all examples are equally successful: "Gods (May the Funk Be with You)" interpolates a Catholic Mass call-and-response in a way that feels more forced. But overall, Sweat is a solid blast of fun that shows why Five Alarm Funk, on album number six and decade number two, are still a force with which to be reckoned.

6

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Features
Collapse Expand Features



Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.