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Tokyo Police Club are willing to go the distance in the name of a good cause. The indie rock band partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to help raise money for the charity this past summer, and how does a rock band raise money? Playing rock music. A lot of it.
The band gathered at Toronto’s Rally Gallery to play their track “PCH” for 12 straight hours this past summer—a feat they don’t recommend duplicating. That works out to the same song being played 200 times in a row.
Band member Graham Wright said, “Playing the same song for 12 straight hours seemed like a great idea when we thought of it, a terrible idea around iteration 84, and the most fun possible thing by the time we were finished. It was one of the weirdest and most wonderful things we’ve ever done and watching this video is the best possible way to relive the experience without ever doing something so wildly ill-advised ever again.”
The band enlisted help during this intimidating task, with Dilly Dally’s Katie Moncks, The Elwins, Born Ruffians and Brave Shores all pitching in at some point on vocals and instruments. Tokyo Police Club also looked to their devoted fan base for help with one or two or many renditions of the song.
Now, Tokyo Police Club has condensed their incredible marathon performance into a standard-length music video. The video time hops throughout the 12 hour day, with both the band and their fans somehow maintaining a high energy throughout. It’s a good thing they went with such a happy song.
The single “PCH” is part of Tokyo Police Club’s EP Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness: Part One, with Part Two released this past September. The band just announced that they’re planning a 10-year anniversary vinyl reissue of their album A Lesson In Crime just in time for Record Store Day.
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