When I first heard of Gym Class Heroes, it was on the Fueled By Ramen site. The label known for arguably two of the biggest Emo-Rock bands: Fall Out Boy, and Panic! At the Disco. I instantly kept a closed minded opinion, and didn't even bother checking them out, thinking they were just another Emo-Rock band that I would just push to the side.
But what really caught my attention was when I saw a remix on the album by Mr. Dibbs, the legendary DJ from Atmosphere. When I finally got a chance to buy the CD and listen to it, I realized it didn't sound like any of the bands on the same label at all.
The soulful blend of Hip Hop mixed with a live band, gave the CD a uniqueness that can be rarely heard nowadays. From the unique drum patterns and rhythms, to the groovy and deep bass lines, combined with the rhythmic guitar chords, and the compelling, smooth raps.
Creativeness of the group is highly show in the song 'Make Out Club,' which tells personal life stories from past relationships with girls. Or in 'Pillmatic,' which describes the MC's obsessive addiction of taking pills. The story told in 'Faces in the Hall,' can compel and move anyone with the thickest skin and strongest heart. While a few instrumental tracks on the CD keep the listener hooked into the jam band's interesting blend of Soul, Hip Hop, and Progressive music.
Playing shows with various bands in various genres, including Fall Out Boy, they're opening doors to listeners. Catching fans from backpack Hip Hopers, to soulful Jazz musicians, to Emo kids; they're bringing diversity to music. Underground Hip Hop is starting to hit the mainstream, and Gym Class Heroes are on top of it.