Peelander-Z, the Japanese Action Comic Punk Band based in NYC, was originally formed in 1998 by Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Red, and Peelander-Blue, after meeting in New York City (although they’ll tell you they’re all from the Z area on the planet Peelander). While some of the band members have changed over the years, the band itself has continuously toured and released albums.
The band is best known for their out of control live live shows, which include audience participation and wild antics on, off, and sometimes above the stage. The band members don colorful costumes reminiscent of Japanese anime, though they describe their outfits as their skin. Sometimes there is a large Red Squid and sometimes human bowling, but there is always all around insanity.
On April 6th Peelander-Z will release their new album Go P-Z Go. While their previous studio effort Metalander-Z was a concept album that found the band exploring the many styles of heavy metal, Go P-Z Go is a straightforward rock and roll record. There isn’t anything complex to the music and lyrics, just simple, fun rocking out that is equally appealing to children as well as adults looking to cut loose and not take life too seriously. One of the best examples of this is the song “Bike Bike Bike”, and today we are excited to share an exclusive premiere of the song’s music video. The song is sort of a rock and roll rallying call to get on your bike and be liberated from traffic, stress, whatever. To make the video the band captured the communal spirit of riding bikes with your friends by traversing on two wheels around Austin, Texas, which also happens to be where they will be barnstorming South By Southwest next week.
The video was directed by Toto Miranda, drummer for the adored and award-winning Austin-based band, The Octopus Project. Talking about the idea and the shoot, Miranda says:
“Peelander’s oeuvre is primarily concerned with happiness and partying, and it was a treat to get to help them with their vision of a party on human-powered wheels! After a fun day of riding around the park, shooting them while being their hilarious selves, we put out a call to Austin cyclists to join us for a group ride and got a spectacular group of all kinds of bikes and riders. Peelander fans are already a pretty fun bunch, and Peelander fans who ride are even more down to party! We had great time making the video and I’m really happy that the final product has the feel of a celebration in the street.”
Peelander-Z release Go P-Z Go, out April 6th via Chicken Ranch Records. Check out the band’s SXSW schedule below and visit peelander-z.com for more info and music.
03/11/2018: Austin, TX @ Buzz Mill (“Yellowwwing!!!” live painting event w/ Peelander-Yellow, SXSW, 1PM)
03/14/2018: Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall (Ranch by Chicken Ranch party, SXSW, 4PM)
03/14/2018: Austin, TX @ Valhalla (SXSW, 12AM)
03/16/2018: Austin, TX @ Spider House (Peelander-Fest, SXSW, 6PM)
03/17/2018: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (The Octopus Project and Friends!, SXSW, 3PM)