Peelander-Z brings their weirdo comic-punk fun to Orpheum, Ybor City

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The Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander, aka Peelander-Z, returned to Orpheum for their umpteenth show at the Ybor City venue last Friday. They brought fan favorite songs (and also costumes, masks, and signs), as well as a couple additions from their newest album, Space Vacation, released just this month. [Text by Marci, photos by Chris.]

The show started a little slowly, but picked up with "Too Many Mikes," and by the time they got to the claw-hand raising antics of "Mad Tiger," they had the crowd enthralled. Finding us worthy, the band handed off their instruments, one by one, to volunteers from the audience, and made their way onto the floor. Green and Yellow donned luchador masks and led the crowd through a limbo, en masse, and then the whole played a short game of baseball. Another highlight came a song or two later, when Red walked out over the crowd, made his way to the stairs, and hung upside down from the balcony, still playing his guitar. This led into the skank-fu of "E-I-E-I-O," and thus, a pit was born. The show closed with Pink coming back to the stage from her perch in merch to lead the band in a cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

Opening for Peelander was One-Eyed Doll. I was digging the goth Lolita thing lead singer Kimberly Freeman had going on, but the act came across as more style than substance. I was particularly confused when Freeman announced her last song to cheers from the audience, then played two songs and then returned stage for an encore. You have to respect that level of chutzpah.

I strongly recommend catching Peelander-Z next time they come to town, which will probably/hopefully be in about six months, since tha'ts their usual cycle. You don't have to know their songs, they'll teach you the words. Just come to jump, dance, limbo, laugh and have an oddly fun time.

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