P-Pop High School


When your live show features Kaiju Big Battel-style wrestling (with human bowling!) then you’d better be able to bring the crazy with your songs. On their fifth full-length, self-described “action comic punks” Peelander-Z put sanity in a headlock and work up enough spastic energy with their short blasts of bilingual punk to defeat even the most boring of killjoy mini-bosses. At times it seems less like the band are playing their instruments than punching the buttons on a wicked combo attack. Yes, it may seem like campy, Engrish cos-play to some, but with songs as fun as the Clash-on-a-cartoon-bender “Let’s Go! Karaoke Party!” you’d have to be a real bakayaro not to play along. (EAT RICE; Luke O’Neil