Sometimes, it’s easy to tell why a video goes viral. Maybe it’s out-of-this-world pathetic or a hilarious stroke of genius. Other times, it’s hard to understand why a video isn’t going viral. Japanese live-action animé punk band Peelander-Z‘s new video falls into the latter category.
We all know someone who would get a kick out of Peelander’s new karaoke video for “Mad Tiger,” which stars the director’s adorable stripey gray kitty, Cobi, and some rad Peelander-Z dolls. “Cobi loves attention,” Peelander-Z told CMJ. “When we shot the green-screen footage, he jumped right in front of the camera, maybe because it was warm under the lights and the green screen was soft.” According to the band, the custom-made Peelander-Z dolls are up for grabs but are in “pretty bad shape” due to the batting and scratching they endured during the filming of the video.
The group equipped the video with karaoke subtitles so that fans can bring home the goofy mania of a Peelander-Z show and scream “Heeeeee!” along with Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Green and Peelander-Red. “Mad Tiger” is the first single and video from the band’s upcoming greatest hits album, Super DX Hitz!, which Chicken Ranch will release August 9. The album will not only include one disc of Peelander songs but a second disc stocked with more karaoke videos.
Peelander-Z’s general aesthetic evokes that feeling you get when you revisit cartoons from your childhood, the sort of crack-brained loopiness people tend to blame on LSD. “Mad Tiger” is no exception: Its made-at-home kitsch is part live-action lolcat and part kiddie show weirdness—but beware the potentially sad ending, which Peelander-Z told CMJ is “open to interpretation.” Head to the Vans Warped Tour to catch some of the band’s nuttiness live. Check below for Peelander-Z’s tour dates with the Warped Tour and beyond.
Tour Dates For Peelander-Z:
07/20 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center *
07/21 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Center *
07/22 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagra Pavilion *
07/23 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum *
07/24 – Oceanport, NJ – Monmouth Park Racetrack *
07/26 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07/27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live *
07/28 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre *
07/29 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds *
07/30 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theater
07/31 – Sarasota, FL – Linkster South
09/11 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/05 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
10/06 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
10/08 – Ames, IL – Maintenance Shop
10/11 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
10/13 – Ithaca, NY – Castaways
10/15 – Utopia, TX – Utopia Fest
10/28 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music Experience
* Vans Warped Tour