Travie McCoy Says Gym Class Heroes Revisting ‘Rawness’

Band begins production on The Papercut Chronicles II.

By now, you’re probably aware that [artist id="1904930"]Gym Class Heroes[/artist] are heading into the home stretch on their long-awaited The Papercut Chronicles II album (and if you’re not, here’s Travie McCoy talking about it in December 2009 and again in March 2011 ), but you might be wondering just why, after pushing boundaries with 2008′s The Quilt , the band is headed back to their beginnings this time out.

Well, as McCoy explained to MTV News during this past weekend’s Bamboozle Festival, they’re doing it not to reconnect with fans who might have been mystified by the hip-hop leanings on The Quilt or to score another radio hit a la “Cupid’s Chokehold,” but to rediscover the reasons they started the band in the first place.

“I think I can speak for the rest of the fellas: We kinda wanted to revisit the innocence and the rawness that The Papercut Chronicles had,” McCoy said. “They say you have your entire life to write your first album, and a lot of those songs were written when we were 16, 17 years old, so there’s definitely this sense of innocence and urgency almost that we don’t necessarily want to recreate, but revisit, and see where that takes us musically.

“For me, I went back and listened to the record for, like, a month straight, listening to some of the patterns that I was doing and just some of the crazy stuff. Because back then, I had no idea about song structure, we weren’t thinking about being on the radio or being on television,” he continued. “So, like I said, it’s that innocence and that naivety, and within that, is just something that we wanted to kind of recapture and put on this record. Just us not being concerned with our songs being three-and-a-half minutes long, or not being concerned with our verses being 16 bars, you know?”

McCoy added that GCH will officially begin production on PCC II on Monday (May 2) and hope to have the album in stores “by late summer.” And even though you might think the band is no longer his top priority — what with the success of his solo album, Lazarus — McCoy said nothing could be further from the truth.

“A lot of people think I took a break from Gym Class to do Lazarus, but even before it was finished, we were already starting pre-production on Papercut Chronicles II. So this entire time I’ve been out promoting and touring, I’ve also been pulling double duty, working on the Gym Class record, so there hasn’t really been a break,” he said. “We’ve been knocking out pre-production; we have close to 30 demos, and now it’s time to lay all the puzzle pieces out on the floor and pick out the ones that’ll make out the album.”

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