You know the story, we here at W♥M loves Peelander-Z, so..
The problem with seeing a favorite band over and over again is that it might old. That's why bands keep releasing new music, hoping to play old favorites, but mixing in new songs they haven't tried before. Since Cristina and I have been steadily following Peelander-Z since 2008, I have to say that it's been really fun to see the band through the evolution of their gigs. Sometime it's the same-old-thing, but it's fun and never gets old.
So, I have been listening to Peelander-Z's new album, Space Vacation, it doesn't capture the energy and happiness of seeing them live. But what it is, it's a good themed album. Unlike their moving to the countryside theme of "P-TV-Z, Space Vacation seems to follow a visitor who came to Earth and is introduced to Sushi. It's not as complicated as it sound.
The music is typical Peelander-Z, a little DIY and punk attitude, however I thought their lead single "Star Bowling" and "Mr Tea" sounded really pop. Fans of punk should be comfortable with "Big Bang" and "Sa Yo Na La-La", which sounds like the Ramones from Japan.
As a cover-lover, you know that I did appreciate their cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". I wasn't absolutely sure if it's some voice modification, but I think it's Peelander-Pink on lead vocals for this song. One of the problems of reviewing music via digital MP3 is that they never send the liner notes so you have to guess at these things. I will find out the truth when I see them live in May.
BONUS: Listen to Introduction to Peelander-Z and Peelander-Black explained (26 mins in).
Peelander-Z, is, of course, always on tour:
04/11 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
04/12 New York, NY @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
04/13 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
04/14 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
04/15 Washington, DC @ DC9
04/16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
04/17 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
04/19 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
04/20 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
04/21 Gainesville, FL @ Double Down
04/22 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
04/24 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
04/25 Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
04/26 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
04/27 Norman, OK @ Opolis Norman Music Festival
04/28 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
04/30 Kansas City, MO @ Recordbar
05/02 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
05/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
05/06 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
05/08 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
05/09 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
05/11 Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
05/13 Sioux Falls, SD @ Boonies Bar & BBQ
05/14 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
05/15 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
05/16 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Music Joint
05/17 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
05/18 Akron, OH @ Musica
The legend is back in the USA! The last we heard from them was when the original Bass Guitar died. With new Bass Guitar (UG) and Drum Wolf, be prepared to have your face melt off when they come to town.
Yeah, I know, you must be tired of hearing me talk about Guitar Wolf (here, here, here, and here) - but I wanted to remind you that Guitar Wolf's show in Minneapolis is this week, on SUNDAY. I know it is Easter.
I will be picking up some 10" of Jet Satisfaction which was originally released in Japan in 2009, but available for the first time in the USA with this tour. I did take a sneak peak at some of their tour merchandise at guitarwolfshop.com and I will likely pick up a set of pins as well. I wish bands would make patches; I'd love a Guitar Wolf logo to sew on my bag…
Here is what's left of their USA tour:
4/06 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
4/07 Des Moines, IA Gas Lamp
4/08 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
4/09 Fargo, ND Aquarium
4/10 Rapid City, SD Skullets
4/11 Missoula, MT The Top Hat
4/13 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown
4/14 Seattle, WA Corazon
4/15 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
4/18 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
4/19 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
4/20 San Diego, CA Casbah
4/21 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
4/22 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
4/24 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
4/25 Dallas, TX Trees
4/26 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK
Originally an 11-piece band, it was absolutely a logistic nightmare that they're currently just a trio. Electric Eel Shock or EES is currently back in Japan, doing some local Tokyo dates:
2012/04/06 新宿JAM / Shinjuku JAM Tokyo
2012/04/11 下北沢シェルター / Shimokitazawa Shelter、Tokyo
2012/05/01 下北沢シェルター / Shimokitazawa Shelter、Tokyo