On their new self-titled album, Canadian rockers Fortunate Losers deliver a lyrically sophisticated and unapologetically dark collection of songs, which is reminiscent of grunge-era legends of the late ’90s and early 2000s while adding their unique contemporary style and setting them apart from a crowded field of rock counterparts.
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Devon Cox, bassist Brent Boileau, and guitarist Brad Giffen, Fortunate Losers’ newest offering benefitted from the experience of Finger Eleven’s Steve Molella, who produced the album.
“We had worked with other producers in the past, but what set Steve apart was the fact he put a positive spin on everything,” says Cox. “He had the most optimistic outlook for what these songs, and this album, could be. He let us know early on that he wasn’t here to overhaul the tracks as much as he pushed us to be our best. He set the bar high.”
“Many of the other bands he works with aren’t as heavy as we are,” Cox adds. “He was definitely looking to sink his teeth into something darker.”
“Something darker” is an apt description that merely serves to scratch the surface when it comes to this collection of songs. While the band had remained faithful to the Seattle-inspired sounds forged on their previous releases, the Tidal Waves EP (2020) and 2018’s Cut Teeth, the new album marks a definitive step forward for the quartet.
The overarching theme of the album is a dark exploration of the human experience, yet it remains imbued with vibrant emotions. Fortunate Losers offers listeners a fresh perspective on the genre with an authenticity and raw energy that invites you to dive into its tracks and appreciate the artistry behind each note.