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Peelander-Z - Mad Tiger

Thanks to Toaster, a group of us checked out the PeelanderZ concert. They describe themselves as Japanese Action Punk. When a concert is delayed because one of the performers takes a fall from the stage and has to be wheeled out by EMS, you know you are in for something. The best part, as the blue suited musician rolled by us and got loaded into the elevator … he flicked everyone off. The crowd wooted in appreciation.

Anyway, we had no idea what to expect so at first we sat in the back, but the minute they began the show I had to get a closer look. The first song was called Mad Tiger (see video below). I know this because they held up a sign. You couldn’t understand them, so they used placards. The yellow guitar player would hold up a sign and yell mad tiger then the red bassist would repeat it along with the audience. (mad tiger) Suddenly, they pulled a guy from the audience who either was already in a tiger mask or quickly put on their tiger mask, and Tiger Mask took over holding up the sign. (mad tiger mad tiger) Yellow and Red ditched their instruments and picked up wash bins to play just percussion as we all yelled mad tiger. (mad tiger) A girl in pink walked on stage with another wash bin filled with various small percussion instruments and dispersed them among the audience jumping and yelling in front of the stage. (mad tiger mad tiger) The green drummer pulled out one of her drums and joined Red, Yellow, and Tiger Mask on stage. (mad tiger) Red and Yellow each pulled up an audience member and gave each their wash bins. Now Tiger Mask was leading the chant, audience members and Green were providing the percussion, and Red and Yellow were clapping along yelling mad tiger with the rest of us. (mad tiger mad tiger) Suddenly, every audience member with a percussion instrument and a few without, perhaps twenty people, were up on stage dancing, yelling, and clunking their instruments while Green, Yellow, and Red were in the audience running around. (mad tiger!) This went on for seven minutes, and it was amazing. I recorded it, but I was also jumping around and yelling, so my recording is a bit whacked. (mad tiger mad tiger)

Other songs included Ninja High School, which did have words but I have no idea what they were, S.T.E.A.K. Medium Rare, yelling the days of the week, Let’s Bowl, and 3 2 1 5. Those may not be the actual titles, but that was what was printed on the posterboard signs.

My other favorite part of the show also involved audience members being on stage. The band was playing along and singing when someone held up a guitarist wanted sign. An audience member volunteered and Yellow gave him his guitar, telling him to strum in a windmill fashion. We saw the kid ask what to do with his left hand, and Yellow just mimed to move it up and down the fret board. Then they held up a bassist wanted sign followed by a drummer wanted sign, and now three audience members were playing. The drummer lost the beat a few times, but they straightened him out, otherwise the guitar and bass sounded no different from the original band, and you could tell they were having the time of their lives rocking out up there. Yellow and Red pulled out people to yell into the microphones (one was in a StarGate Atlantis uniform, that amused me.) All the audience members with percussion instruments hopped back on stage, and we were back to a cram-packed stage of happy people yelling and dancing. Suddenly Yellow was dressed as a bowling pin and Red held up a sign saying Let’s bowl. Yellow ran the entire length of the venue, turned around to face us. Red held up another saying 3, 2, 1 that flipped around to say 5. We counted along appropriately, and Yellow charged back toward the stage. I couldn’t see what he was aiming for from my position, but he missed, so he tried again, and this time the audience went wild. He got back on stage, took off his bowling pin outfit, took back his guitar as the others phased back into their instruments, and the song ended.

I talked to Yellow the next day and told him how much I enjoyed his show. He said he had a friend in Pensacola and had played there a few times, so when they are back next Monkeys and I are going to go see them!! Yay! Meanwhile, I’m trying to find a YouTube clip to share. I’m thinking with this band you have to see them to really understand what they do.

LOVE THIS. Saw it live at Dragoncon.


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Sep. 6th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
That was SOME show. It was insane!!!!

The sound for the video is somewhat off... delayed by a few seconds, but for this band, I don't think it particularly matters.
Sep. 6th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
How are you feeling today?

I was wondering if one night this week if you had a free hour or two you could help me make a Nutrimatic Drink Dispenser and a Babel Fish Vending machine. Sarah and I are going to try tomorrow to make them, but I'm not sure how far I'll get.
Sep. 6th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling better now that I've had a nap. Thanks for asking. =o)
Sure! I'd love to help! You know's I loves makin stuffs!

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