The first single from Gym Class Heroes' fifth album, The Papercut Chronicles 2, features Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine on the chorus. It was released for download on iTunes on June 14, 2011 and also sent to all radio stations around the world the same day.
Travis McCoy found working with Levine inspired him to push on to the next level with his own vocals. The Gym Class frontman told MTV News: "It's a fun love song at the end of the day, and it's definitely got a summertime vibe. And having Adam bless us with his vocal stylings doesn't hurt much," McCoy said. "He just destroyed it. Watching that dude do [vocal] runs, and first he belts out the hook, and I'm like, 'OK!' then he does overdubs and he's like, 'Nah, I don't like that, I can do better.'"
explained the Hiro Murai-directed visual to MTV News. Said the GCH drummer: "The video basically plays on the idea that we're sort of just being casual, hanging out, being ourselves and our shadows get wild and get loose. It's kind of fun. I've always felt like my shadow has been trying to kill me for 28 years."
Adam Levine's contribution was an unexpected surprise for the band. Guitarist Disashi Lumumba recalled to Billboard magazine in a July 2011 interview: "We were actually in the studio rehearsing collectively as a band about a month ago for a show in California. We had never practised the song all together before. Adam Levine just happened to be there with his people from 'The Voice' and we were playing the song and all of a sudden, Adam just flies through the door and starts singing the chorus. It was pretty amazing."
McCoy explained the song's meaning to MTV News: "We worked with Benny Blanco on this single, and the chorus kind of jumped out at me, the whole metaphor for your heart being a stereo. Lyrically, I played off that, just imagining my heart being inanimate objects like dusty records and old-school boom boxes and whatnot."
McKinley told Billboard magazine that getting Adam Levine on board this song was fitting as Maroon 5 had been an influence on the band since their early days. "We've been following Adam and Maroon 5's career since their first album," he said. "Actually, when we went in to cut The Paper Chronicles we brought Songs For Jane, the Maroon 5 record, as a reference of what we wanted some of our drum tones and guitar tones to sound like. So to have [Levine] on there was a really cool thing. It kind of brings it full circle in a way."