Out of some crazy comic book planet comes Peelander-Z
, a band ready to save the day by simply blowing your mind -- not a hard thing to do if you have color-coded stage names, wacky outfits, a penchant for power pop punk rock, and fast and loud songs about tacos, ninjas, and S.T.E.A.K. Immediately singable tunes are one way to please a crowd, and Peelander-Z has so many due to their long run: the group formed in NYC in 1998. All Japanese ex-pats who found themselves in New York, or Peelander Planet if you believe the legend. Childlike fun and extreme talent can be a hard combination to master, and yet Peelander-Z does it. You need to get on their level -- so chug some sugary soda, get hella amped, and add some bright colors to your wardrobe before heading over to see this band. Prepare yourself for a fast and furious live show with screaming, yelling, and a whole lot of entertainment. They mix a love of comic book action with straightforward punk attitude, sweet guitar solos, crashing drums, and some ska rhythms here and there. The live show is almost too good to ruin with a preview, but (spoiler alert) expect audience participation, pro-wrestling nods, props, costumes, and most likely a stage dive, some rafter climbing, or one of the Peelanders to play atop the willing bodies of the crowd. And sweet, sweet music.