Feels Goodman is one of the many names of Canadian musician Jon Ublansky. The Ottawa artist is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer who routinely works a wide variety of genres. Also known as FawnDoe, Jon is an in-demand session player who has contributed to dozens of projects from Rock to Funk and R&B to Synthwave. On his popular ‘FawnDoe Music’ YouTube channel he produces instructional bass videos, experimental arrangements of cover songs, and videos of his own original music. Although his usual genre of choice is Funk, on his new cleverly-named ‘Feels Goodman’ project, Ublansky tells the story of a dream redefined, set to a late-90’s inspired upbeat Pop Punk score.
“Songs For Sad Dudes In Their 30s” is the new five song EP from Feels Goodman, released worldwide to all music services on September 8, 2021. The record is a Rock & Roll diary of sorts, chronicling a snapshot in time of a young musician’s life. Our unnamed hero is at that point in his career in which it is clear that he will not become an overnight sensation. From the classic Punk opening of “I Work the Line” to the anthemic Rock ending of “Punk Rock Dream,” we follow along as he reassesses the meaning of musical success in his own life.
At first lamenting his current status as a non-famous line cook, he eventually comes to realize that true happiness comes in enjoying the journey, not in longing for the destination. Along the way we meet ex-girlfriends, get existential while eating McDonalds in bed, and say our praises to those named Dave. It is a fun record full of up-tempo, expertly executed and infectiously catchy Pop Punk, served with just the right mix of sincerity and tongue-in-cheek sneer. What makes it all the more impressive is that Ublansky wrote, recorded, performed and produced every note himself over a two week span. Great stuff.
Check out “Songs For Sad Dudes In Their 30s” in its entirety below. Or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the song “Punk Rock Dream” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below the video to connect with Feels Goodman. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the many FawnDoe/Joe Ublanksy/Feels Goodman projects to come.