Formed not too long before their legendary TV debut, Peelander-Z performed on the national television on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade in 1999 because of their unique character, and they gained popularity. In February 2000, they released their first mini-album on their own Eat Rice Records label, through which they organized and promoted two seasonal Japanese punk festivals called JAPUNKS PANIC JAMBOREE at CBGB's. They crossed the Pacific to gig at legendary venue 'Shibuya Yaneura' in Tokyo, Japan. Their powerful andenergetic performances gave their popularity and following have grown considerably. Video Panda Punk was selected by the music web site Launch.com and it has been still broadcasting all over the world. Shortly after that, the band was also selected to be a part of New York City's ' ART FRENZY ' Art Festival, a major event that will spotlight New York's most artistic performers. They toured in Japan and Canada. Especially Japan tour was such a large-scale thing, and they performed in 17 places whole country. Both of tours were taken up by every single media, such as magazines, television, and radio, and their performances won the greatest praise.They've played SXSW and CMJ festivals. Cultivated and performed at 'JAPUNKS PANIC JAMBOREE' for the past several years. A highlight was with legendary guests, Guitar Wolf.This annual event has been indispensable for the underground punk rock scene in NYC. They performed a showcase at ' New York -Tokyo Music Festival ' which brings the Japanese and U.S. music worlds together in NYC in May. They have toured the US several times. Metro Times in Detroit, Nuvo magazine in Indianapolis and others featured significant articles of Peelander-Z. In March 2003 Peelander-Z received great press for their amazing sets at SXSW. OC Weekly proclaimed that they 'rule the world', and John Holmstrom, founder of the 'before it was punk', Punk Magazine, has called Peelander-Z his favorite band right now. Steven Blush has listed them in his top 10 (#8) in the 2003 Village Voice Jop and Pazz Poll. They've reached #2 postion on WNYU. Played to several thousand fans at Bonarroo 2004. Been featured in national press such as Blender and Fader magazines. Had a instore performance at Virgin Mega Store Union Square NYC. Had their S.T.E.A.K. video (directed by Anthony Ernest Garth- also directed White Stripes, Eminem, Von Bondies)introduced on Spike TV's MXC show by Tony Hawk. Yeah the CD is great, but you have to see em live!
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