The So Cal powerhouse reggae-rock band Fortunate Youth has released their fifth full-length studio album Good Times (Roll On) today on Controlled Substance Sound Labs. Bringing a fresh sound dotted with influences of blues, ska, rock, world, and soul, while they reunite once again with their fans on tour. The new album is out now and available everywhere you stream music
Born in the throes of lockdowns and conceived around 2018, the new album Good Times (Roll On) is a range of throwback sounds to current vibes. With the new release, Fortunate Youth rekindles the spirit of their early days from backyard grillin’ and chillin’ with a wish: that the return of those feel-good vibes finds brighter days for the planet. “We’re trying to change the world through the music we write and play, and the lives we live outperforming on stage,” says singer Dan Kelly. Adding Jared Draskovich (keys/bass) comments, “We are all living through this global event, and to me, we chose the title to help ensure that Good Times are indeed going to roll on regardless of all the hardships that our recent environment has provided for everyone.”
Good Times (Roll On) is stacked with standouts including the glistening title track and music video “Good Times (Roll On).” With the new song, Fortunate Youth turns a slightly nostalgic eye to its humble beginnings in the backyard, plus a few new tasty surprises under the lid. “We always hope our music can change the outlook of anyone’s day,” comments Dan. Cory Draskovich (bass, guitar, keys) adds, “The lyrics are true to us as a band and reflect where we come from and the things we appreciate in life. Dan’s vocals on this track still give me goosebumps.”
The new album reflects on Fortunate Youth’s ever-evolving sound including capturing the horn section from their past tours. For the album, they enlisted premier horn players John, Art, Bryan, and Geoff. They also include features and special guests like Nathan Feinstein (Iya Terra) on “Groovin” and their good friend Gonzo (Tribal Seeds/ Fortunate Youth) for background vocals. “Around the World” features Italy’s own twin-fronted group Mellow Mood backed by stellar horns that really hits home on the global reach of reggae music. And “Sunlight” is horn-driven reggae that is the perfect end of summer jam. Corey Draskovich comments, “This track is that uptempo fun-filled song you hope for on every album. The raging bassline and the story of life on the road really make this song for me. I feel like most people can relate to the premise of this song at one point in their life.”
Ever evolving and always collaborative, the writing and composing process for Fortunate Youth is a band effort. Songs are fleshed out on the road or created with a riff or melody. While working on the new album the band recorded pre-production at Kona Town Studio. And in July of 2020, mid-lock down, they tracked key essentials at Total Access Recording. They also worked with Lewis Richards at 17th Street Studios and tracked the horns remotely at Kromatic Sound recording studio in the East coast.
The band is comprised of long time friends Dan Kelly (vocals), Travis “Travi Bongo” Walpole (percussion), Jered Draskovich (keys/bass), Greg Gelb (bass, guitar), Corey Draskovich (bass, guitar, keys), Revelation Kalauli (drums). Since its inception in 2009, Fortunate Youth remains devoted to its roots and a simple mission: Spread peace, love, and unity with music. It’s a mantra of sorts for the multi-faceted sextet from Hermosa Beach, driving a relentless thirst for live performances and an ever-evolving cache of original material. Including the forthcoming Good Times, Fortunate Youth has also cataloged over a dozen releases, and notably, all have been recorded, produced, and distributed, in DIY style, by the self-invested band. Garnering top billboard charting success the band has seen their albums hit #1 Billboard Reggae Album Chart 5x, Billboard Heatseekers Chart 2x, #1 iTunes Reggae Chart 10x plus millions of streams across all platforms!