It started with a smashed watermelon on the sidewalk. Though seemingly uneventful, the tragicomic sight affected Tokyo Police Club bassist-vocalist David Monks, who took a photo.
“I don’t know why it interested me, but I knew I wanted it as the cover for the EP we were working on,” Monks says, speaking from a Starbucks in downtown Brooklyn. “Then I showed it to the band and Graham said, ‘Why don’t we call the EP “Melon Collie,” but with one L’?” Graham is keyboardist Graham Wright; guitarist Josh Hook and drummer Greg Alsop round out the band.
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