Peelander-Z harnesses ‘80s metal on “Killer Thunder”

Peelander-Z harnesses ‘80s metal on “Killer Thunder”

Peelander-Z’s latest record, Metalander-Z, finds the weird Brooklyn-by-way-of Japan act trying to harness the power of signature power metal records, from Motley Crue’s Too Fast For Love to Def Leppard’s Pyromania. The band used era-appropriate gear on the record, which is out now on Chicken Ranch Records. If that sounds interesting to you—and it should—check out the track “Killer Thunder,” which The A.V. Club is premiering below. It’s straight up “’80s fun rock,” to use the band’s terms, and captures the record’s time capsule sound perfectly.

Peelander-Z is also about to embark on a 40-date U.S. tour, the schedule for which is below.

Peelander-Z tour 2014

March 8—Club One—Savannah, Georgia
March 11—Valhalla—Austin, Texas
March 12—Hole In The Wall—Austin, Texas
March 14—Grackle—Austin, Texas
March 16—Kenny Dorham’s Backyard—Austin, Texas
March 18—Fitzgerald’s Upstairs—Houston, Texas
March 19—One Eyed Jacks—New Orleans, Louisiana
March 20—The Bottletree Café—Birmingham, Alabama
March 21—40 Watt—Athens, Georgia
March 22—The Bowery—Knoxville, Tennessee
March 24—The Drunken Unicorn—Atlanta, Georgia
March 25—JJ’s Bohemia—Chattanooga, Tennessee
March 28—The Demo—St. Louis, Missouri
March 29—Outland Ballroom—Springfield, Missouri
March 30—Mercury Lounge—Tulsa, Oklahoma
April 1—Opolis—Norman, Oklahoma
April 3—Knickerbockers—Lincoln, Nebraska
April 5—Middle Of The Map Fest—Kansas City, Missouri
April 9—Marquis Theater—Denver, Colorado
April 10—Urban Lounge—Salt Lake City, Utah
April 12—Last Exit Live—Phoenix, Arizona
April 15—Soda Bar—San Diego, California
April 16—The Roxy Theatre—West Hollywood, California
April 17—DNA Lounge—San Francisco, California
April 19—Hawthorne Theatre Lounge—Portland, Oregon
April 21—El Corazon—Seattle, Washington
April 22—Neurolux—Boise, Idaho
April 26—Railyard—Billings, Montana
April 29—7th Street Entry—Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 1—Reggie’s Rock Club—Chicago, Illinois
May 2—Pike Room At The Crofoot—Pontiac, Michigan
May 3—Frankies—Toledo, Ohio
May 5—Beachland Tavern—Cleveland, Ohio
May 7—Altar Bar—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 8—Strange Matter—Richmond, Virginia
May 14—Fete Music—Providence, Rhode Island
May 15—Church Of Boston—Boston, Massachusetts
May 17—Glasslands Gallery—Brooklyn, New York

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