Fifth Lucky Dragon is the project of Louis Imperiale (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, writer, producer, engineer, and self-proclaimed King of Rainbow Road).  


Drawing comparisons to Glass Animals, Twenty One Pilots, MGMT, and other electro-pop acts, Fifth Lucky Dragon blends cutting edge alt-pop production with lyrical exploration of how fantasies interact with reality and how digital life affects psychology.



Now that I've done the whole 3rd person bio thing, here's a piece of my personal philosophy as it pertains to this project: 


In a climate of ruthless competition for our attention the stakes for each of us 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 - all of which face erosion among current and future generations.

That's why I feel compelled, for now, to create and share music.

Thanks for caring enough to read this,

- Louis

Behind the Name

In March of 1954, a Japanese fishing vessel set out on the Pacific Ocean. The story turned from routine to tragic when the vessel encountered the nuclear fallout of a U.S. hydrogen-bomb test, reportedly more powerful than the U.S. anticipated. Soon after returning to shore, the crew began to suffer irreparable and in some cases fatal effects of radiation poisoning. But not before they unknowingly sold the contaminated fish to people who would consequently suffer the similar fates.

Louis Imperiale came across this incident when his high school concert band played a piece called “Eternal Memoir - Saga of the Lucky Dragon.” The piece caught his ear due to its drastic dynamics and sonic intensity, and upon looking into its background, he found the incident particularly compelling because it manifests the potential collateral impact of our decisions and actions. In this case, the effects were significantly more widespread and long-lasting than anticipated.

The name of the fishing vessel was Daigo Fukuryu Maru (No. 5 Lucky Dragon) which is where the band name “Fifth Lucky Dragon” comes from. It is intended to serve as a reminder of the story and the lessons it offers for each of us.

An interesting side note: Very few people have heard of the incident, and not a single person Louis has talked to recalls hearing anything of it in school.

If you're interested in keeping up with/reaching out to the band, Facebook & Instagram @fifthluckydragon are the best ways.



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Truth be Sold

Truth Be Sold is a 4 track EP (extended play) released independently on July 7th, 2021. It was recorded/produced at Louis Imperiale's home over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The title Truth Be Sold comes from the realization that in order to do most of anything successfully, you have to be able to sell: Sell an idea, a product or yourself. Writing songs is the closest I come to expressing my truths, so by trying to get you to listen to these songs, in a way I feel like I am selling my truths.


Written, recorded & produced by Louis Imperiale

Mixed & mastered by Sam Ramirez

Cover art by Asia Iakimova

Art direction by Louis Imperiale

Video production by Louis Imperiale

Additional video production & photography by Emil Risk


(Single, 2020)

About "Phosphorus"

"Phosphorus" has two drastically different sections. The verses are driven & energetic while the choruses strip down around a James Bond-esque vocal melody.


Lyrically, it explores internet use, & more broadly, heightened connectivity. The dynamic of needing a certain level of connectivity to progress, with the potential toxicity of overuse, is something most can relate to. In small quantities phosphorus is essential for plant growth. But at higher levels, it becomes a toxin to them.




Written & produced by Louis Imperiale
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Sam Ramirez

Louis Imperiale - Vocals
Nathan Roseboom - Bass Guitar
Michael Homan - Drums

About "Asymmetric"

(Album, 2019)

Fusing elements of pop, electronic, alt-rock, 'Asymmetric' is an on-going attempt at finding symmetry between what is felt & what is expressed; a continuous battle that seems to be fought universally as a part of the individual human experience. The title ‘Asymmetric’ as it functions in the context of the album, is the condition of struggling to externalize the internal, often resulting in toxic compensations such as disguise, manipulation, & abandonment of truth.




Written, recorded, & produced by Louis Imperiale.
Recording & production took place in Louis' basement.

Mixed & mastered by Sam Ramirez

'Sam You Old Boy' performed by
Michael Homan (Drums)
Nathan Roseboom (Bass)

Cover artwork by Louis Imperiale & Emil Risk

Louis Imperiale - Vocals
Nathan Roseboom - Bass Guitar
Michael Homan - Drums

Thank you to

Summer Aebker

Tom, Martha, Nick & Clouseau Imperiale

Everyone who listens & supports this project