Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads 10/21 Starland Ballroom NJ Review/Photos

By Keeyahtay Lewis

For the second time in as many months I was able to catch Gym Class Heroes in concert. They played a killer show the first time I saw them, and on 10/21/11 they continued to kill it. This time around they brought along the SoCal Reggae rock band The Dirty Heads. I wasn’t familiar with The Dirty Heads before going to the show, but it was very apparent that many in the audience were well versed in their music. The crowd swayed, rocked, and sang along to every word traded between frontman Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell.

It is clear that The Dirty Heads are influenced by Sublime and 311, but they still make their own sound unique. The duel vocalists traded lines with ease while an exceptionally tight band kept everything moving forward. The energy was high and I feel like they were definitely the right band to co-headline this show with Gym Class Heroes.

Travie McCoy, frontman for Gym Class Heroes has swagger in spades, but he does a good job of trying to not hog all the attention. The band took the stage before he did breaking into “Live A Little” led by guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo. This song is more singing than the rapping GCH are known for and half of it is sung by the guitarist. After 30 seconds or so Travie took the stage, the spotlight and he held both for the rest of the show. The kept the energy high with their next song, “Peace Sign.” This song features the line: “Put up your peace sign, put your index down” which had everyone in the place waving their middle finger along with Travie.
I will say that this definitely wasn’t a sold out show, there was room to spare at Starland Ballroom, but the band sounded fantastic and they rocked the room like there was 20000 people there. The next 3 songs were all hits and well received. “The Queen and I’, “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Papercuts.” This was followed up by Travie’s huge solo hit, “Billionaire.” In the hands of the band this song became a Gym Class Heroes song and Kasongo handled the Bruno Mars role well. They kept a mix of all 3 albums hitting the highlights of each. They sprinkled in a few new songs too from the forthcoming “The Papercut Chronicals 2.”

Travie told everyone that the new album would be out on November 15. It seemed like everyone was excited and looking forward to it. I am sure they will be touring when that comes out and I would certainly go to see them again. They are just a fun band to see live and they keep the energy high. I am sure there will be a few more radio songs from the new album that we will be hearing soon.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of DeadBoltPhotos

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