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Peelander-Z: The “extraterrestrial” punk band, Peelander-Z, played a show at Sundown Tavern on Saturday, Sept. 4.

September 29, 2016

Dillon Nelson
Staff Reporter | djn005@latech.ed

Peelander Green plays drums during the Sept. 24 show at Sundown Tavern. Photo by Brian Blakely.

Peelander Green plays drums during the Sept. 24 show at Sundown Tavern. – Photo by Brian Blakely.

 

Japanese punk band, Peelander-Z, played Sundown Tavern on the evening of Sept. 24. The band came garbed in their signature color-coordinated, action-comic style “skins” and put on a performance which included human bowling, limbo and frequent stage diving.

 

“They are not from Earth but from the planet Peelander, and their primary mission is to make us humans smile,” said David Mason, Sundown Tavern’s de facto booking agent.

 

Mason said the performance is something of a homecoming because Peelander-Z is considered the most popular band at Chicken Ranch, a record label based in Ruston.

 

“There’s lots of different bands on the label, but Peelander is sort of the flagship band because they are willing to play wherever there is a good crowd,” Mason said. “They’re kind of road warriors, so they drove down here from Hot Springs, Arkansas last night just so the people of Ruston wouldn’t have to drive three hours away.”

 

Chandler Delacerda attended the performance. He said the show was one of the most unique live music experiences he has ever seen, and he believes the band has a special way with crowds which allows them to work them up with ease. Delacerda was chosen by lead guitarist and vocalist Peelander Yellow to come up on stage and help the band count down into a song.

 

Peelander Yellow sings lead and plays guitar. Photo by Brian Blakely.

Peelander Yellow sings lead and plays guitar.
– Photo by Brian Blakely.

“It’s hard to get a crowd to dance and yell when they are largely unfamiliar with your music, but Peelander seem to have definitely figured it out,” Delacerda said.

 

Delacerda said the reason the show was such a unique success was because Sundown Tavern is hardly ever host to punk bands.

 

“I think they make the most exciting aspects of a punk show accessible to a crowd that probably wouldn’t normally attend a punk show,” Delacerda said. “I love that they made Sundown seem like a legendary underground music venue for a night.”

 

Akihiko Naruse, also known as Peelander Green and the current drummer for Peelander-Z, said that Sundown Tavern was one of the most inviting places he has played since joining the band.

 

“We found it very easy to feed off the incredible energy from the crowd because they made it really easy to let loose and rock out,” Naruse said. “They came ready to party and jumped right onto the party space ship.”

 

The band’s lead singer Kengo Hioki, also known as Peelander Yellow, signed autographs and talked with fans after the show. He also gave his own description of the band.

 

“We are not Japanese; we are not even human,” said Hioki. “We are an awesome, alien cross between the Power Rangers and The Ramones!”

Peelander Pink  rouses the crowd with one of many signs. Photo by Brian Blakely.

Peelander Pink rouses the crowd with one of many signs. – Photo by Brian Blakely.

 

Hioki hinted that the band might one day return to Ruston and delivered a message to everyone who did not attend the show.

 

“If you missed our show, you must come next time; and if you miss that show next time, we will find you; and if we find you, we will fight you; and if we fight you, we will bite you!” Hioki said.

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