Sudbury, Ontario-based rockers Fortunate Losers have recently released their new self-titled album, featuring a collection of songs that mix a 90s grunge sound with a modern rock style, in a way that is unmistakably their own. This time, they enlisted the help of Finger Eleven’s Steve Mollella to produce the tracks, helping them move into a new era of their sound.
“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 vocalist/guitarist Devon 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.”
The album opens with a haunting 41-second musical introduction, “Soul”, before diving right into their riff-driven rock sound with “Divine”. The energy and vocal intensity continue with “Desire,” a single released in 2022, featuring a powerful vocal performance. The album takes a poignant turn with “Taste”, a personal tribute to late Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell. “Bigger Wings” slows things down a bit with its emotional feel, while “Suitcase” introduces an accessible sound that is sure to appeal to a wide audience. “Binaries” is a moody soundscape leading into the blistering “Gravity”, coming full circle back to the accessible 90s rock sound with “Solace State”, and concluding the album on a high note with “Miles”.
The first full song on the album, “Divine” is a particular standout with its expressive vocal style and riff-laden rock style. The song sets listeners up for the rest of the LP, giving a preview of the darker, heavier, more mature sound to come. A perfect introduction for anyone who has yet to hear a Fortunate Losers track, “Divine” is sure to turn passive listeners into fans.
As a huge devotee of all things 90s rock (as is well-documented across From The Strait), “Gravity” was another song that grabbed my attention immediately. With a perfectly balanced mix of melody and heavy grit, it uniquely encapsulates the best aspects of 90s alt rock. The chorus is infectious yet heavy; one that sticks in your head long after the song has finished.
It’s an edgy and confident new era for Fortunate Losers, and their self-titled album is here to scream it from the rooftops. You can catch the band live on November 9th at 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, as well as at the Horseshoe Tavern on November 15th, along with Sierra Pilot, The Jailbirds, and Apricity.
And check out their brand new video for “Taste”: