By Jess Decina
From physical education class to tours around the country, Gym Class Heroes has found a niche for its hybrid of hip-hop and rock. Now the boys will swing by Rider’s SRC on Saturday, April 12, to bring their unique sound to the SEC Spring Concert.
The New York-based band was formed in 1997 and named in reference to when MC Travis McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during their high school gym class. The band signed with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz’s record label Decaydance, a part of Fueled by Ramen. As a result, it’s common to see the boys from Gym Class Heroes in the company of Fall Out Boy, as well as similar bands Cobra Starship and The Academy Is…
Gym Class Heroes received some publicity when the MC, Travis McCoy was featured on Cobra Starship’s 2006 track “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” along with William Beckett from The Academy Is… and Maja Ivarsson from The Sounds.
However, it was different collaboration, this time with Fall Out Boy’s lead singer, Patrick Stump, on the song “Cupid’s Chokehold,” that made Gym Class Heroes really break out last year. The song was famous for the music reused from Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America.” The band’s second single from last year’s album, As Cruel as School Children, “Clothes Off,” relied on vocals from Stump again.
The band is often part of the Vans Warped Tour in the summer and has already been confirmed for the 2008 tour.