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Year of the Dragon


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In the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a symbol of strength and harmony. Not surprisingly
the two leaders of Year of the Dragon, Roderick “Rodcore” Palmer, and Walter Adam
Kibby, II AKA Dirty Walt, were born within days of each other under that sign.
Rodcore, has had various starts and stops with different incarnations of YOTD in the
past between stints with other LA based bands, but it was not until Dirty Walt left the

band that he co-founded and co-led for over twenty-five years, Ska-Punk-Funk legends
Fishbone, along with fellow Fishbone solider guitarist Spacey T, that the seeds of the
current YOTD were planted.
In 2006, the three recorded and self-released an EP, A Time To Love Is A Time To Bleed
which received critical acclaim and sold well through the internet and at shows. Wanting
to take things to the next level, Dirty Walt and Rodcore, put together a regular band and
started gigging weekly around Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, capitalizing on
Fishbone’s loyal fan base and attracting new fans of their own with YOTD’s own brand of
hardcore with a funk groove and soulful tag team vocals.
Around this time, the band began a partnership with a start-up indie label, The
International Brotherhood of Consequential Truth that would result in the brand new
YOTD release, Blunt Force Karma, the band’s first full-length. Now full partners in the
label, which also released Dirty Walt’s second solo record and first since leaving

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  • essron

    Great show at Blake's last Friday. Digging Blunt Force Karma - looking forward to seeing you again at Rockit Room later this month.

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • totes_awesome

    Year of the Dragon is playing tonight at The Viper Room! It's going to be an awesome show. There are still tickets available, but get them fast because they will be sold out. You can purchase tickets here ->

    25 Sep 2009 Reply