Gym Class Heroes recently performed an acoustic version of “The Figher” with Ryan Tedder. Check out the video below by clicking “Read More.”
Gym Class Heroes are currently shooting a new music video for “Martyrial Girl$.” Check out a picture from the shoot below by clicking “Read More.”
The Papercut Chronicles II has been out less than a year, but Travie McCoy has confirmed that fans should expect another album “sooner rather than later” considering the band has more material that didn’t make their last record. Check out what McCoy had to say below by clicking “Read More.”
Gym Class Heroes is one of those bands whose story, in essence, seems to embody the so-called “American Dream” of the alternative music scene. Coming from relatively humble beginnings, the group first achieved success with their 2006 effort, As Cruel As School Children, and is now widely-lauded as a major crossover act, morphing stylistically from urban-leaning, alt-tinged rap/rock to straight-up contemporary pop. In the past year, the band’s members have engaged in side projects and solo artistry, some of which has yielded dramatic results, like Travie McCoy’s collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Billionaire,” which number four on Billboard’s Hot 100. Having reached this point in their career, one could stand to assume Gym Class Heroes has both the financial standing and artistic determination to “throw their weight around,” so to speak, in terms of creating a hit record.
The Paper Cut Chronicles II is a pop album, through and through, embodied in ostentation and short-shrift of substantive content. Of course, this sentiment shouldn’t come as a surprise, nor is it meant to denigrate pop music as a genre—an album of this caliber seems only reasonable to expect from a band of Gym Class Heroes’ inherent stature; on the whole, the record is hugely produced and nuanced while uninhibited in kitsch and cliché. Beginning with “Martyrial Girls,” the record embarks on a path rife with a tragicomic sort of irony as Travie McCoy and guests like Adam Levine decry current state of the very scene that birthed Gym Class Heroes; in “Martyrial Girls,” McCoy take jabs at people he dubs hip and, on “Stereo Hearts,” the album’s chart-topping, ubiquitous first single, Levine croons insincerely about “good music [being] hard to find.” Between Travie’s constant reiteration of his “story” (apparently, McCoy’s audience hasn’t heard his book-on-tape memoir enough times between the original Paper Cut Chronices and As Cruel As Schoolchildren), one too many ultra-cheesy guitar solos, a closing track that sounds like a Just Surrender song, and the overuse of worn platitudes like, “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” the record has more than a couple laughing-at-you-not-with-you moments.
Check out a video of Gym Class Heroes performing “Ass Back Home (Ft. Neon Hitch) on Jimmy Fallon last night.
New Song: ”The Fighter (Ft. Ryan Tedder)” // Gym Class Heroes
Check out a performance of Travie McCoy performing Gym Class Heroes’s “Stereo Hearts” with Maroon 5 as his backing back!
Gym Class Heroes have been forced to pull out of their fall co-headlining tour with The Dirty Heads. Frontman Travie McCoy has been fighting an illness for the past month or so and is not able to complete the rest of the tour. You can read a message from the band below by clicking “Read More”.
New Song: ”Ass Back Home (Ft. Neon Hitch)” // Gym Class Heroes