Year Of The Dragon's Rodcore has roared back with HOpe FiEnD. Produced by Adam Fuller (Black Label Society), it features members of Fishbone, Year Of The Dragon, and Mandrill.
Prepare to be blown away by the punk-metal social rage of HOpe FiEnD, the brainchild of Roderick "Rodcore" Palmer. If you remember Year Of The Dragon, you already know Rodcore as the powerhouse vocalist who has shared stages with the likes of RHCP, Bad Brains, Hatebreed, and many more. He was also part of the legendary post-Dragon side-project #GOALS, featuring Circle Jerks' Greg Hetson, Earl Liberty, and Lucky Lehrer.
After taking a well-deserved break, Rodcore has made his return to the LA scene ready to launch an exciting new chapter. Armed with a bigger vision in mind - one that merges Rodcore's passion for social activism with his personal journey of recovery, HOpe FiEnD was born. Following an unforgettable performance at a festival alongside Suicidal Tendencies, Rodcore decided it was time to head into the studio to record his new passion project. Helmed by producer Adam Fuller (Black Label Society's Doom Crew Inc.), HOpe FiEnD is a firey blend of punk, funk, metal and old school R&B delivered by Rodcore backed by his like-minded and seasoned accomplices, Jason Gaddis and Elliott J. Lawrence (both of Year Of The Dragon), Spacey T (Talib Kweli, Fisbhone, Sound Barrier, Mother's Finest), and Marc Rey (Year Of The Dragon, Weapon Of Choice, Mandrill).
Speaking about the EP, Rodcore shared, "Our debut EP is a powerful collection of songs that explore themes of loss, heartache, trauma, and the relentless pursuit of hope amidst life's chaos."
But HOpe FiEnD is not just another punk-metal band. No, it's a beacon of positivity and activism in a world that so desparately needs one. Rodcore's vision for the band extends beyond the stage, as he dreams of touring while partnering with local food banks and homeless outreach organizations at every stop, spreading the message of compassion and encouraging audience members to do the same. HOpe FiEnD isn't just about making music; it's about creating a community to help those who need it most.
In Rodcore's own words, "Life is short, and it's not just about living some rock 'n' roll fantasy. It's about helping each other, pulling one another out of the mud, and growing as human beings while fighting for what we believe in until it becomes reality."