Gym Class Heroes
The Queen And I
Gym Class Heroes release single 'The Queen And I' through Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen in the UK on August 28th. This release will be followed by the album 'As Cruel As School Children' on September 4th.
Rightly recognized as true pioneers of live hip-hop, the Geneva, NY-based band Gym Class Heroes has won popular and critical acclaim for kicking out genre-busting jams that seamlessly meld rap, rock, R&B, and anything else that happens to strike the musically voracious outfit's fancy. Front man Travis McCoy states, "The whole fun element of hip-hop has disappeared. Everybody takes themselves so seriously, it's become a fashion show more or less. We want the vibe to be as fun as possible."
Breaking musical boundaries and changing perceptions of what hip-hop or indie or rock can be, with Gym Class Heroes, what you see isn't always what you get. Though the overall feel of their album 'As Cruel As School Children' is bright and breezy, McCoy's personal, playful lyrics can often be peeled back to reveal hidden layers of emotion and introspection, notably on songs such as the first single, The Queen and I.
"It's a personal song," Travis says, "about girls who fancy alcoholic beverages, girls who like to have too much of a good time. I have weird underlying issues with females and alcohol. This song is kind of like closure, though you'd never get that vibe listening to the song. It's fun to do things like that, make music that's fun with a really poppy vibe, but when you listen to the lyrics, it's like, 'Holy shit, that dude just saidâ¦' If you're not paying attention, you think it's just another radio ditty that sticks in your head, but then when you really listen you see it's a whole lot more."
Gym Class Heroes have spent much of the last two years doing what they do best â playing live. They have headlined sold out dates, and toured the rock world with acts like Fall Out Boy and the Warped tour, as well as taking a firm stance in the indie hip hop circuit, constantly out there bringing their unique hip-hop vision to new fans.
They will be headlining the following venues in the UK in September:
Date City Venue
Wed 6 Birmingham Barfly
Thu 7 London Barfly
Fri 8 Cardiff Barfly
Sun 19 Manchester Roadhouse
Mon 11 Glasgow Barfly
Tue 12 York Fibbers
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.
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