Way back in March, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy told MTV News that it was "definitely time" for a new album from the group. Of course, at the time, he probably needed to check his watch: In May, McCoy promised the new GCH album — the sequel to 2005's The Papercut Chronicles — would be in stores "by late summer," and, well, summer's just about over, and there's still not been a release.
But finally, the Heroes' time has come. On October 25, they'll release Papercut Chronicles II, and while it's not exactly summer, McCoy's not about to complain — in fact, he's just relieved that it'll finally be in stores.
"Like I said on the last record, [2008's The Quilt,] ' '08 is gonna be great/ Imagine 2011.' October 25, you will be able to purchase and enjoy The Papercut Chronicles II," McCoy told MTV News. "We finally have a solid release date, so ... right now, we're actually circling third and about to slide into home, and then it's off to be mixed and mastered, and then it's out for public consumption."
A spokesperson for Gym Class Heroes' label could not be reached to confirm the release date, and while McCoy played it, well, coy when asked about just what lead to the PCC II delay, he did say everything the group has been through has only made them — and their album — stronger. Mostly, though, he's just thankful he's not going to have to backtrack on his earlier claims.
"There were a couple setbacks that were kind of out of our hands, but we just took 'em in stride, and, in a sense, I think they just made the record better," he said. "And I'm super excited, finally, because I was going to have to bite my lip ... because I had all these people stoked about 2011 and about this record. ... So I'm excited we finally have a release date and that this album has definitely shaped up to be everything and more."
Though fans have already gotten a preview of PCC II with its first single, "Stereo Hearts," McCoy said they're going to be surprised with the musical direction on the new album. Sure, it's a continuation of the original Chronicles, but it's also a whole lot more. And it's definitely worth the wait.
"It's always hard to listen to a song off a Gym Class Heroes record and kind of get a vibe for what the rest of the record is gonna sound like, but ... to sum it all up, it's definitely a well-rounded album: It's not just a few singles here or there and some filler," he said. "It's got some reoccurring themes from the first Papercut Chronicles, musically and lyrically, and people who were in love with the Papercut Chronicles are gonna pick up on that. But to quote Jay-Z, 'If you want out old sh--, buy our old album.' Every album we put out, we try to push that envelope further, and this case is no different."
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