If you aren’t pulled onstage during a Peelander-Z show, the stage will eventually come to you. Crazier than the craziest Crayola box, The colorful group from New York (by way of Japan) returned to Pensacola, Florida for another round of party punk madness.

Earl’s Killer Squirrel opened the show at Vinyl Music Hall. Having recently celebrated the band’s 18th anniversary, Earl Lyon led the current lineup of Mike Lyon (guitar), Dave Kober (bass) and Jeff Rahn (drums) through a set of old-school punk and stage banter.

Following EKS were the Austin, Texas group One-Eyed Doll. Imagine a Living Dead Doll (with a killer sense of sisterhood and humor) leading a heavy-metal vaudeville gang of two. Kimberly Freeman (armed with guitar) Junior (drums) got the audience participation ball rolling by assembling the most willing participants to join them onstage.

Finally, the crew of Peelander-Z clocked in. Did they have a new CD coming out? I don’t know. Was there a new DVD or book to promote? I really couldn’t tell you. Do they always bring a party? Hell yes!
Be it a huge festival or the smallest bar, the crew of Peelander Z are about having a good time.

It’s Comic-Con gone wild as Peelander Yellow (vocals/guitar) directed the insanity of bandmates Peelander Red (bass), Peelander Pink (spotlight/props-a-plenty), Peelander Green (drums) and Peelander Black (guitar/sunglasses/1950’s cool). So many moments, so little time as the party ended with their cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.

Come back soon, I need some more Bang, Bang Boom.

– Michael L. Smith