LAYTON — Funk Toast is shooting for the stars. Literally.
The recently re-united band, which will be performing at the Gangrene Film Festival on Sept. 14 under the name Space Funk Toast, has come back together with a focus on astronauts, aliens, and outer space.
“We played a reunion show for SLC Nerd, and had so much fun we decided to take that show and turn it up a little bit,” said Nybo, a member of the group. “We’ve got dancers, lights, and smoke.”
The band, who first performed together in the mid ‘90s, has made guest appearances at previous year’s Gangrene festivals under different incarnations. SLC Nerd, the convention the group performed at this past March, is also sponsored by the Gangrene Film Festival.
This time, though, the band decided to take the one-time idea and run with it. The band is accepting bookings at their website, funktoast.com, and as a seven-song MP3 album called “The Pan-Galactic Primer” available for purchase.
The site also features a multi-chapter space epic called “Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show.” Written by Nybo, the serial tells the story of the band’s first interstellar booking.
“Science Fiction Larry, with exhaustive testing, had developed what he called musical-psionics,” reads part of the most recent chapter. “His studies dealt with the effect of music on the human mind and genes.”
Nybo said the story mixes truth and humor.
“It’s kind of the fantasy behind the band,” he said. “Take out the space travel, and it’s pretty much a true story.”