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Interview:
Gym Class Heroes Drummer Backs UNC
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Gym Class Heroes’ drummer and cofounder Matt McGinley is the group’s resident hoops fan. So he, at least, is excited about the quartet’s gig as part of this weekend’s Final Four concert series.

“I’ve been following the tournament pretty decently,” says McGinley, 26, who formed Gym Class Heroes with frontman Travis McCoy after the two met in a high school gym class in Geneva, N.Y. “At this point, I’d say I’m rooting for (North Carolina).

“Being from upstate New York, I was definitely pulling for Syracuse, and they looked absolutely incredible in the Big East tournament. I watched that game that went into six overtimes; it was probably one of the greatest pieces of sporting I’ve ever seen. But I really do like college basketball so it’ll be really cool to be in the midst of that while all that’s going on.”

The weekend’s show comes during a break from Gym Class Heroes’ current jaunt with rapper Lil Wayne. McGinley says the band — which made it big with the Supertramp-sampling “Cupid’s Chokehold” — is starting to make plans for its next album, the follow-up to 2008’s “The Quilt.”

“I think we’ve all been writing on our own,” the drummer says. “We all have computers and stuff. I’m not sure what will and what won’t make the cut. It’s really hard to say, direction-wise, where it will be for the next album, but I’m sure we’ll have something together by the time we’re ready to hit the studio again.”



Gym Class Heroes perform at 5 p.m. Sunday (April 5) on the national stage at My Coke Fest, part of the NCAA Final Four Weekend concert series on the Detroit Riverfront near the GM Renaissance Center. Admission is free. Visit www.NCAA.com/finalfour for information. The group returns to play with Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Keri Hilson at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets are $39.75, $59.75 and $79.75. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.ncaa.com/finalfour

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