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Gym Class Heroes

 


Geneva, New York, US (1997 – present)

The original Gym Class Heroes formed in 1997 when Travis “Schleprok” McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during physical education class while at high school in Geneva, New York, US and joined forces with guitarist Milo Bonacci and bassist Ryan Geise.

The original GCH began playing birthday parties, clubs, and festivals which eventually led to numerous larger venues throughout the northeast, including four years on Warped Tour (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008). During this time, GCH released four self-produced CDs: “Hed Candy” (1999), “Greasy Kids Stuff” (2000), “For the Kids” (2001) and “Papercut Chronicles EP” (2004).

“As cruel as School Children” was released on July 25, 2006. A second version of the album, released on November 4, 2006 additionally contains the single “Cupid’s Chokehold”

After the release of “For the Kids”, lead singer Travis McCoy won MTV’s Direct Effect MC Battle and as a prize, he appeared in Styles P’s video “Daddy Get That Cash”.

The current configuration of GCH formed as guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo joined in late 2004, with bassist Eric Roberts joining in mid 2005.

After hearing the song “Taxi Driver”, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy invited the band to one of his shows. Gym Class Heroes then went on to join Pete Wentz’s label, Decaydance Records, an imprint of Fueled by Ramen. Travis later said that Stump’s support, coupled with the label’s touring ethos and family atmosphere, led the band to signing with Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen.

Gym Class Heroes are an American rap rock group from Geneva, New York, United States. The group formed in 1997 when Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley during their high school gym class. The band's music displays a wide variety of influences, including hip hop, rock, funk, and reggae. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts in 2003, the group was signed to Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records (Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's independent record label), on which they released their debut album, The Papercut Chronicles. The group gained a strong fanbase while promoting the album, appearing at festivals such as The Bamboozle and Warped Tour.

In 2006, the group released the gold-selling album As Cruel as School Children. Since that release, the band's single "Cupid's Chokehold" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Clothes Off!!" peaked at No. 5 in the United Kingdom. On September 9, 2008, Gym Class Heroes released their third album, The Quilt, which contained numerous collaborations with other artists. The band went on hiatus in 2009, a time in which the members pursued various side projects. McCoy released his solo debut album Lazarus in June 2010. Lumumba-Kasongo has been working on his side-project Soul, while McGinley now drums in the rock group Kill the Frontman. The group released The Papercut Chronicles II on November 15, 2011. It has since become one of their most successful albums to date.

Sampled Supertramp's 'Breakfast in America' in 'Cupid's Chokehold'.
Mentioned Radiohead as a big influence in their music and Muse as "the truth".
'Song for Noah' is a tribute song to Travis McCoy's classmate and friend who lost his life as a result of an auto accident during their freshman year in high school.
Mentioned a lot of other acts like Fall Out Boy and Death Cab for Cutie in the song 'Taxi Driver'.

 

 

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