Foster The People ‘Grateful’ For VMA Nod, Aim To Raise $85k In 85 Hours For Do Good Bus

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With just more than a month to go before Foster the People kicks off its North American tour, the band is kicking it into high gear on behalf of the Do Good Bus. The goal: Raise $85K in 85 hours to make the cross-country volunteermobile trip a reality.

Between having a top 10 song on iTunes with “Pumped Up Kicks,” being the subjects of countless Perez Hilton tweets AND scoring a 2011 Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist, you’d figure they’d be wayyy too busy for this. “We are really grateful to be where we are right now,” FTP drummer Mark Pontius told MTV Act. “I dont think any of us expected to be getting a VMA nomination this early. It feels really nice to be noticed for doing something you believe in.”

If you’re wondering if they’ll be rolling up to the VMAs in the Do Good Bus, Mark says they’re aiming for “something original, like perhaps an egg that rolls on to the carpet, hatches and out comes Foster The People….” For now, they’re spending the next few days rallying support for the bus to join in on the tour.

How to help the Do Good Bus get on the road:

Fans can support the turbo fundraiser between 8 a.m PT/11 a.m. ET Wednesday morning (Aug. 10) and 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET on Friday night (Aug. 12)–Foster the People has promised to match the first $10K pledged. Money will go toward prepping the Do Good Bus, a “bus promising altruistic adventurism,” that’ll pick up and drop off a rotating cast of volunteers as it follows the band from venue to venue. Your average groupies these are not. Passengers will stop off to help out communities along the tour route, doing service and learning new things while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a busload of soon-to-be friends. Bonus: Lunch is free!

We really want to see the wheels on the Do Good Bus go ’round and ’round and all that…hell, we want to see Do Good Buses following bands all around all year long! It’s a brilliant idea, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that the next 85 hours give it the green light. I’ll relieve you of any and all traffic references now.

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