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FRESH: ‘Timeline’ – Fifth Lucky Dragon

Fifth Lucky Dragon release “Timeline”

Welcome to the world od Fifth Lucky Dragon. The Bloomington, Indiana trio were friends at college and started playing together there. Fifth Lucky Dragon are: Louis Imperiale – Vocals, Keys and Trumpet, Nathan Roseboom – Bass Guitar and Michael Homan – Drums. All three of the guys have somewhat different tastes in music (with some overlapping), which contributes to the genre-fluid sound.

Fifth Lucky Dragon have played New Faces Night at HiFi in Indianapolis, which is somewhat of an accomplishment to be chosen for in the localscene. Louis has spoken on three podcasts, only one of which is published as of now though. The biggest show they have played was a benefit show at Louis’ middle school that they organised and put together to raise money for private music lesson scholarships for middle schoolers who wanted to learn but couldn’t afford to pay for private lessons.

The band’s new single, “Timeline”, was recorded in Louis’s basement except for the piano, which was recorded at AireBorn studios in Indianapolis, IN. Louis wrote and produced the track, as well as recorded his vocals and piano. Sam Ramirez (who works atLarrabee Studios in LA now) recorded Michael Homan on drums, Nathan Roseboom on bass, as well as mixed and mastered the song in his home studio.

The band state: “The best we can hope for in making music – the highest degree of achievement in this weird territory – is to inspire someone else to try creating something. Whether that be a poem, a photo, a painting, or pottery; it does not matter. In a climate of ruthless competition for our attention, the stakes for each of us individually to create have never been higher. It is infinitely easier to passively consume than it is to actively create. Observation, reflection, and the generation of new thoughts are inherently wrapped in the creative process which faces troubling erosion among current and future generations”.

The music of Fifth Lucky Dragon is informed by these realities. Through lyrical integrity and sonic innovation, Fifth Lucky Dragon hopes to deliver music that resonates beyond the songs themselves. Behind the name: Daigo Fukuryu Maru (No.5 Lucky Dragon) was a Japanese fishing vessel impacted by the fallout from a 1954 U.S. hydrogen-bomb test in the Pacific Ocean. To keep an interesting and troubling story short, the crew suffered radiation poisoning within the next few days but not before they unknowingly sold the contaminated fish to people who would soon suffer the similar fates. Louis finds this story compelling because it manifests the potential collateral impact of our decisions and actions. The band name Fifth Lucky Dragon is intended as a reminder of the story and the lessons it offers for each of us.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!