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Gym Class Heroes Talk 'The Papercut Chronicles II'
By Ebonie Smith

The Papercut Chronicles II is the fifth album by Gym Class Heroes. Check out this exclusive discussion with the band about the songs on the album. Read some of the highlights from the interview below and visit Spotify to listen to the full commentary.

"Martryial Girl$"

"Martryial Girl$" is a track for a long time I always called theme from a car chase…That's just a really good song…We wrote the music for it mostly in Miami.

"Life Goes On"

For me [Travie] when I first heard "Life Goes On", it just sent me somewhere. And it may sound really like weird and cliché, but like I definitely saw myself by a pond thinking about the years pass…

"Stereo Hearts"

We worked with Benny Blanco on this one and Adam Levine, obviously, which was amazing…It's such a specific song, and I think that actually kind of concerned us because we didn't want people to think that Papercut Chronicles II was going to sound exactly like that song as a whole.

"Solo Discotheque [Whiskey Bitness]"

This was the very first song that we wrote musically for this album…Actually I remember we were sound checking once in some random city and Disashi started playing that opening guitar lead. And that's where the whole song stemmed from.

"Holy Horses**t, Batman!!"

From a lyrical perspective, it's just, you know, me [Travie] kind of questioning Christian ideology… I've always questioned it.

"A** Back Home"

The song is basically about the give and take that being a touring musician has on a relationship…Most of the time it doesn't pan out the way you want it to; sometimes it does. And when it does, it's such a good feeling...

"Nil-Nil-Draw"

Musically it's fun. It started out as a really raw, energetic track. We kept that vibe throughout the whole thing. And…Travis found a really good way to match that energy with his lyrics.  

"Lazarus, Ze Gitan"

"Lazarus, Ze Gitan", which translates to "Lazarus, the Gypsy"…It sounds like it's about me [Travie] bed hopping with a bunch of hoes and shit…doing the pimpalicious type thang…

"The Fighter"

Lyrically that shit just makes me want to knock somebody out. That's some rocky shit…It's probably one of the more inspiring songs on the album…

 

  • The Papercut Chronicles II is the fifth album by Gym Class Heroes. Check out this exclusive discussion with the band about the songs on the album. Read some of the highlights from the interview below and visit Spotify to listen to the full commentary.
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on April 10, 2013 - 12:00am

The Papercut Chronicles II is the fifth album by Gym Class Heroes. Check out this exclusive discussion with the band about the songs on the album. Read some of the highlights from the interview below and visit Spotify to listen to the full commentary.

"Martryial Girl$"

"Martryial Girl$" is a track for a long time I always called theme from a car chase…That's just a really good song…We wrote the music for it mostly in Miami.

"Life Goes On"

For me [Travie] when I first heard "Life Goes On", it just sent me somewhere. And it may sound really like weird and cliché, but like I definitely saw myself by a pond thinking about the years pass…

"Stereo Hearts"

We worked with Benny Blanco on this one and Adam Levine, obviously, which was amazing…It's such a specific song, and I think that actually kind of concerned us because we didn't want people to think that Papercut Chronicles II was going to sound exactly like that song as a whole.

"Solo Discotheque [Whiskey Bitness]"

This was the very first song that we wrote musically for this album…Actually I remember we were sound checking once in some random city and Disashi started playing that opening guitar lead. And that's where the whole song stemmed from.

"Holy Horses**t, Batman!!"

From a lyrical perspective, it's just, you know, me [Travie] kind of questioning Christian ideology… I've always questioned it.

"A** Back Home"

The song is basically about the give and take that being a touring musician has on a relationship…Most of the time it doesn't pan out the way you want it to; sometimes it does. And when it does, it's such a good feeling...

"Nil-Nil-Draw"

Musically it's fun. It started out as a really raw, energetic track. We kept that vibe throughout the whole thing. And…Travis found a really good way to match that energy with his lyrics.  

"Lazarus, Ze Gitan"

"Lazarus, Ze Gitan", which translates to "Lazarus, the Gypsy"…It sounds like it's about me [Travie] bed hopping with a bunch of hoes and shit…doing the pimpalicious type thang…

"The Fighter"

Lyrically that shit just makes me want to knock somebody out. That's some rocky shit…It's probably one of the more inspiring songs on the album…

 

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