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Peelander-Z

Peelander-Z is a Japanese punk band based in New York City. They bill themselves as a "Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander".

They perform on stage and appear in color-coordinated costumes, which they state are not costumes, but their skin. The costumes range from Power Rangers-style sentai suits, to kimono, to rubber wigs that make them look like Playmobil figures. Another aspect of their routine is their on-stage antics such as human bowling (diving head-first into bowling pins), pretending to hit each other with chairs in imitation of pro-wrestlers, and mid-performance piggyback rides. They often allow audience members on stage to join in on the fun, and often dive into the audience as part of their act.

In June 2008, Peelander Blue announced he would be leaving the group to "go back to the Peelander-planet" because he is "a prince of P-Planet" and the "P-King will be retiring." However, during his last show with the group on July 6th, 2008, it was made clear that the less fictitious reason for his leaving the group was his new marriage.

Members

  • Kengo Hioki (AKA Peelander Yellow) - lead vocals and guitar
  • Kotaro Tsukada (AKA Peelander Red) - bass and backing vocals
  • Cherry (AKA Peelander Green) - drums and smiles

Former members

  • Kazuki Yamamoto (AKA Peelander Blue) - drums

Discography

Albums

Compilations

Vinyl

  • split 7" with Four Letter Words (2000) - out of print
  • split 7" with Birthday Suits (2008)

DVD

  • Peelander is FUN! DVD (2007)
  • Chemical X DVD Music Video Compilation (2008)

Wrestling

Professional wrestling is a big theme in Peelander-Z's personas. Peelander Blue dresses in pro-wrestling garb, including a replica wrestling belt. All 3 members of the group are fans of professional wrestling, and are friends with independent wrestlers "M-Dogg 20" Matt Cross and Josh Prohibition. They have also been musically featured with pro-wrestling related Kaiju Big Battel.

On June 23, 2007, the group performed at The Florida Supercon in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During their concert, pro-wrestler Nick Mayberry rushed the stage and threatened to assault the group. The trio were able to fight back, and both Peelander Blue and Peelander Red pinned Mayberry simultaneously - being named new co-HCW Hardcore Champions. This was their first pro-wrestling Title win.

On November 3, 2007, Mayberry appeared again with the group at the JaniCon in Jacksonville, Florida. He again made his way to the stage during their concert, assaulting the band and re-gaining HCW's Hardcore Championship, before being taken down by a chairshot from Peelander Blue. Peelander Blue, Peelander Red and Peelander Pink pinned Mayberry simultaneously, with all 3 being named co-HCW Hardcore Champions. It marks their second pro-wrestling Title victory.

Appearances

Peelander-Z will be attending as a musical guest at the Chicago-area Japanese animation convention Anime Central in 2008 along with HALCALI and Mari Iijima. Peelander-Z will be performing at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta, GA on September 19th 2008 with 4 other Japanese bands. They are The Emeralds, The Captains, Quaff and Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re. The show starts at 9pm. It's part of their JapaNoodle Tour.

See also

Peelander Yellow (Kengo) contributed art in 2005 to The Industry Standard Book

Geykido Comet Records

Geykido Comet Records Compilations

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