[Cover photo credit to Chris Brody]
Hope Fiend is the Punk-Metal outfit created by Roderick ‘Rodcore’ Palmer. Palmer is the former vocalist of Year of the Dragon, a band that featured members of Fishbone and which toured and played club, arenas and festival stages with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Brains, Hatebreed, Living Colour and many more.
Palmer is also known from his post-Dragon side-project #GOALS, featuring original Circle Jerks members Greg Hetson, Earl Liberty and Lucky Lehrer.
After taking a break post-Year of the Dragon, Palmer decided to re-enter the music world with a project that combines social activism and, as a person in recovery, themes related to redemption and resolution in his music. Thus, Hope Fiend was born, which was originally called Ganesh. Their self-titled EP is out now.
Palmer says about their debut EP:
Our debut EP is full of songs about loss, heartache, trauma and holding on to everything dear to fight through that and find hope amid all the chaos.
He adds about the band project:
Life is short. And not about living some rock ‘n’ roll fantasy. It’s about helping each other and pulling a man or woman down out of the mud. And making sure we can all grow as human beings and fight for the things we believe to be right, until they are.
Palmer “has a dream of touring and working with local food banks and homeless outreach organizations at each road date to assist them, and encourage members of the audience to do the same. His goal is for Hope Fiend to stand for not just being a band, but a MOVEMENT.”
Hope Fiend will be supporting The Dickies at LA’s Whisky a Go Go this Friday, September 8, 2023 with additional shows taking place in October and November.
Whisky A-Go-Go (support for the Dickies), West Hollywood, CA 9/8/2023
Long Beach Supply and Demand (support for Streetwalkin Cheetahs), Long Beach, CA 10/7/2023
Redwood Bar, Downtown L.A, CA, 10/9/2023
Transplants Brewery (support for Punk Rock Karaoke), Palmdale, CA 11/17/2023