April 18th, Lost On Main

The Chico underground music scene appears to have a knack for attracting the lunatic fringe of punk rock as of late. If you missed absurdist punk legend He Who Cannot Be Named tear up Monstros two weeks ago in all his jockstrapped glory (and shame on you if you did), Lost On Main is hosting the Japanese “Action Comic Punk” band Peelander-Z on April 18th, and it’s going to be a madhouse.

Going by the names of Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Red and Peelander-Blue, this costumed troupe of bubblegum-punkers claims they are from the Z-sector of Planet Peelander (or, if you prefer, New York City), wearing color-coded costumes (that they continue to assert really are their skin) and travelling the world with a raucous live show.

Peelander-Z likes to keep it fast, simple and fun: audience participation is a key feature in their stage show, which often comes across as less of a conventional punk show and more of a drunken rock and roll stage production of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The three-chords-played-really-fast reductionism of Ramones and The Runaways immediately come to mind, had they been on a strict hallucinogen regimen. Hardly aligning themselves with debaucherous punk rock transgressiveness, Peelander-Z prefer to write songs about tacos, steak, ninja high schools and guys named Mike. The nonsensical yet hooky, call-and-response refrains in songs like “So Many Mike” and “Taco Taco Tacos” crackle with goofy, impish energy at the hands of these space-punkers, and are seemingly tailor-made to be shouted along to in a sweaty bar. It’s clear that these rock and roll goofballs have a sense of humor that brings to mind the all-inclusive “party as philosophy” attitude of Andrew W.K. Peelander-Z loves their fans, and by all indications will go to extreme measures to bring the party.

Dear readers, this is your second chance to treat yourself to an oddball punk rock treat in two months, this time in the form of Action Comic Punk. Even if they’re not actually denizens of a neon-colored planet of rock and roll, Peelander-Z certainly seem to be a group of folks seriously dedicated to throwing one hell of a party, and everyone’s invited

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