A bit about YOTD:
Year of the Dragon features some guys from the legendary ska-punk legends FISHBONE! The band has a new e.p. out called FIVE FINGERS OF DEF, produced and released by punk rock icon Greg Hetson (guitarist, Bad Religion/Circle Jerks)!
In the last six months the band has opened shows for Fishbone, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bad Brains and a couple of weekends ago opened up a show for HELLRIDE (featuring Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Minutemen/Stooges bassist Mike Watt and Porno For Pyros Pete DiStefano). As the band has an amazing, high energy live show they will be hitting the road to do some heavy duty touring and promoting of their new EP and that is why this e-mail has darkened your doorway!
These quotes can best summarize YOTD:
"Also opening was LA’s own Year of the Dragon, a band that defies labels and plays its own brand of punk-funk-ska-rap-rock. Wearing black fezzes and t-shirts adorned with the band’s name and logo for all to remember, vocalists Rodcore (aka, Roderick Palmer) and former Fishbone co-lead/founder Dirty Walt (aka Walter Adam Kibby, II) ripped through the set with power and emotion. While Dirty Walt appeared more laid-back sucking down a Corona on stage during his performance, a barefooted Rodcore thrashed, jumped and kicked his way across the stage throughout the night. Perhaps a foreshadowing of what was to come. "
"Year of The Dragon are amongst the best new bands out of LA and may not have been as accepted at the majority of hardcore shows, but on a Bad Brains bill they were most certainly home. We hope to catch them again at a show more sooner than later."
"The band filled the room with a fiery of busy, distorted instrumentation, particularly lead guitarist JMR. His flashy guitar work was sharp and precise as the band cranked out the first song which was instrumental. Afterward, the group jumped into the incredibly catchy title anthem “Year of the Dragon” which had the audience going. Many rose to their feet dancing wildly, saluting the band with fist waving. Fans shouted the choruses in sort of call and response neo metal homily. Dirty Walt and lead vocalist, Rodrerick “Rodcore” shared vocal tag team duty on the stage. Roderick vocal qualities were on display in abundance although sometimes strained from exhaustion. However, the vocalist had supercharged stage presence bobbing and thumping bare foot in front the crowd. Kibby looking like black plutocrat, was stationed on the far left swayed and grinned between singing granting the band they’re chance at audience spectacle."
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