Peelander-Z is a Japanese punk band based in New York City. They bill themselves as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander”. While the founding members of Peelander-Z were all born in Japan, they first met and formed their band while living in New York.
They perform on stage and appear in color-coordinated costumes, which they state are not costumes, but their skin. The costumes range from sentai style suits, to kimono, to rubber Playmobil style wigs. There is also a tiger costume and a giant squid/guitar costume to coincide with the song “Mad Tiger”. Another aspect of their routine is their on-stage antics such as human bowling (diving head-first into bowling pins), pretending to hit each other with chairs in imitation of pro-wrestlers, and mid-performance piggyback rides. They often allow audience members on stage to join in on the fun, and often dive into the audience or hang from a balcony as part of their act.
In June 2008, Peelander Blue announced he would be leaving the group to “go back to the Peelander-planet” because he is “a prince of P-Planet” and the “P-King will be retiring.” (P-Blue was getting married and could no longer tour.) In July 2008, Peelander-Z welcomed Peelander-Green.