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Interview:
Gym Class Heroes Enjoying Extra-Curricular Success
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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One can deduce from a name like Gym Class Heroes that the members of the Geneva, N.Y., hiphop/rock band weren’t necessarily high school jocks.

“Definitely not,” says frontman Travis McCoy. “Lunch was my favorite subject. And art.

“We kind of poked fun at the kids who would go allout in gym class, like there was something to prove. At the end of the day, man, you still have to go to your next class all sweaty and disgusting — know what I mean? We were kind of big on hygiene in this band.”

McCoy, 25, and company are having the last laugh. Thanks to “The Queen and I,” the first single from Gym Class Heroes’ latest album, “As Cruel as School Children,” the quartet is as hot as a boys’ locker room in June.

The band also got to bask in some “Snakes on a Plane” hype, too; McCoy is a guest on Cobra Starship’s “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” single, while a remix of Gym Class Heroes’ MySpace anthem, “New Friend Request,” also is on the soundtrack.

“It was cool, hanging out with Samuel L. Jackson and going to the premiere and being part of the soundtrack,” McCoy says. “I just feel really blessed to have been a part of that. I thought it was brilliant.

“I think people defi nitely hyped themselves up way more than they should’ve for the film. It was right in the title what the movie was about, (but) they expected a lot more from it, which is always dangerous.”





Gym Class Heroes perform Friday (September 22nd) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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