It’s been a busy summer for Vancouver’s groovester ensemble Five Alarm Funk. The Juno-nominated nine-piece band have been touring across Canada non-stop all summer long, playing over 23 shows within 25 days (including an appearance at the Pan Am Games) in support of their latest effort and fifth studio album, “Abandon Earth” — the critically acclaimed concept record about the destruction of the planet by a tyrannical robot.
Earlier this year, Five Alarm Funk joined forces with local animation company Atomic Cartoons to develop a full-length movie based on Abandon Earth. The project is the first of its kind for Atomic Cartoons and is part of the studio’s continuous effort to keep producing innovative and creative concepts. The inaugural piece of the collaboration is the video for “Robot,” which was released in June. Combining live action footage, green screen technology and 3D/AFX techniques, the video follows the band into the dark depths of Earth as they try to survive impending doom at the hands of the killer robot.
If you can’t wait for the next installment of the movie, fear not: Five Alarm Funk are gearing up to come home from their travels on August 29 for a performance at the Pacific National Exhibition as part of the Mosaic Series. Tickets are available online.