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Tokyo Police Club: 10 Covers in 10 Days

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Canadian quartet Tokyo Police Club have announced an ambitious and riotous project, recording 10 cover songs from the years 2001-2010 over the course of 10 days. The project will begin at 12 p.m. PST on Tuesday, August 23 at Red Bull Studios Los Angeles when the band enters the studio to rehearse and record a cover song over the next 10 hours, to be premiered the following morning at 10 a.m. PST on ChinaShop starting Wednesday, August 24. The final song will be premiered on Saturday, September 3.

Starting Monday, August 15, three potential songs from each year, between 2001-2010, will be revealed via Polaroid with the final track revealed each night prior to recording. The band will be creating daily Polaroid photo diaries and filming the entire recording process. In addition, each song will have unique artwork created from a Polaroid image shot that day in the studio.

Check out the live stream from Red Bull Studio for a behind-the-scenes look into the recording process each day between 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST.

Stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks on the packaging of all 10 songs with commemorative pieces from the project.

TPC's David Monks Interview

While Tokyo Police Club was busy prepping for the event, singer David Monks spared a few moments to jump on the phone to provide us with some insider info on what we can expect from “10 Covers in 10 Days.”

Tell us a little bit about the upcoming Red Bull Studios/Polaroid Project. You will be in the studio for 10 days, recording 10 cover songs…
Yep that’s how it’s gonna go down. 10 cover songs from the last 10 years I guess is the other key piece of information. But yeah, we’re excited. It’s pretty big. We’re going to be down in Santa Monica. It’s gonna be fun! We will have a few friends coming down and will be working on 10 songs from our recent past.

How did you go about selecting the songs?
It’s one a year from 2001 to 2010; we just all huddled around and we printed off the Billboard Top 100, the Rolling Stone top 50, the Pitchfork top 50... We lined them up and went over them and everyone picked out songs. We saw where we picked out the same songs and where they overlapped. We had to do a few adjustments; we’d say, “Oh, do you remember that song? What about this song?” We picked all the ones that we were excited about.

Was it hard to get everyone to agree on all the songs? Did you have some years where it was like, “Fine, you pick this one and I’ll pick the next one,” or did you all come to an agreement pretty easily?
It was pretty easy. The whole project is just about it being fun so there’s not really that much at stake or anything. I think it’s obvious too when someone suggested a song that wouldn’t really work; someone else said, “Well there’s no way we can play that Gorillaz song. It’s gonna be really, really difficult.” Then it wasn’t hard to pitch it.

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