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Gym Class Heroes at Legends

Observer Scene | Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Legends Nightclub has done it again.

On Thursday night, Legends will host Gym Class Heroes, an alternative hip-hop/rock/R&B group that burst onto the national music scene in 2007 with the single “Cupid’s Chokehold.”

Since then, the band has headlined international tours, spent two summers on the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour and released two CDs. Gym Class Heroes refuses to define themselves to one genre of music, touring with indie rock and pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy as well as hip hop acts.

Instead of using looped samples or beats, the band features live music along with MC Travis McCoy’s wry lyrics and tongue-in-cheek humor. Songs like “Clothes Off!” and the band’s current single “Cookie Jar” (featuring The-Dream, who penned Rihanna’s smash hit “Umbrella”) showcase Gym Class Heroes’ hip-hop origins, while “7 Weeks” and “Live Forever” expose a layer of deeper meaning that many contemporary artists have abandoned. Besides all that, they’re one of the best live acts touring today.

As if that wasn’t enough, Boston duo Chester French will be opening for Gym Class Heroes. The band’s upcoming album, “Love the Future” is one of the most anticipated CDs of 2009.Chester French members Maxwell Drummey and D.A. Wallach formed the band as undergraduate students at Harvard University, finishing a demo tape during their senior year and sending it out to record companies. Kanye West and Pharrell Williams liked the demo so much that they entered into a bidding war to sign the band. Chester French eventually signed with Williams and their first single, “She Loves Everybody,” has been climbing the Billboard’s dance charts since its release in October.

The concert starts at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and lines cannot form before 5 p.m. No excuses. Finish your papers and lab reports tonight and be ready for one heck of a show.