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Gym Class Heroes, ‘Martyrial Girl$’ – Song Review

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Gym Class Heroes get in touch with their rock side on ‘Martyrial Girl$,’ a track from their next record, ‘The Papercut Chronicles II.’

The song opens with a military-style drum beat and wailing guitars as frontman Travie McCoy says, “I’m officially goin’ in … And refusing to come out … Unless I’m bloody.” Guitar riffs provide dramatic backing music as McCoy raps about being in a strange place where image is everything and the girls are superficial:

Everything’s so foreign / And all the conversation’s boring / I mean, I’m practically snoring / Could somebody please show me the door, man? / Cause I don’t think that I can take it / Everybody here is extra hip, like replacements / That’s probably why I ain’t saying s— / Oh, what the hell, I might as well get wasted / Cause I’d rather be sedated than conversate about whose sneakers are more outrageous / Or whose outfit’s the latest.

He shifts from rapping to singing for the chorus, “This type of scene just ain’t my thing / Everybody too cool for school / And yet somehow I never felt so alone / So I’m gonna sit on this stoop / And I’m gonna lace up my boots / And keep on walking till I make my way home.”

Time will tell if fans are feeling the rock vibe of ‘Martyrial Girl$,’ but we like it. It’s a lot more musically intense than ‘Stereo Hearts,’ the more pop-oriented Adam Levine collaboration that served as the first single from ‘The Papercut Chronicles II.’  The album drops on Nov. 15.

Listen to Gym Class Heroes, ‘Martyrial Girl$’

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