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Gym Class Heroes Used To Being An Odd Fit

Of the Oakland Press

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Gym Class Heroes mix a healthy dose of rock into its hip-hop, which can make its current gig on the Lil Wayne tour something of an odd fit. But the group revels in standing apart from whatever pack they’re traveling with at a given time.

“It’s definitely something we’re aware of,” notes drummer Matt McGinley, who founded the group with vocalist Travis McCoy 12 years go in Geneva, N.Y. “I think no matter what kind of tour we’re part of, we always kind of stand out like a sore thumb.

“So being on a tour with a band like Fall Out Boy (whose frontman, Patrick Stump, produced GCH’s latest album, ‘The Quilt’), we bring more hip-hop elements than their audience might be expecting or may be used to, even. And then, when we’re part of a hip-hop tour, we bring these other rock elements that those audiences might not have heard before.

“So no matter what we’re a part of, it’s always exciting and it’s always cool to see how we can reach new fans and new listeners.”

GCH also became tabloid fodder while McCoy was dating pop-rock It girl Katy Perry, who guests on “The Quilt.” That relationship ended in late 2008, and McGinley, 26, says the band has largely dodged any of the residual fallout.

“I wouldn’t say it impacted the band on a personal or musical level,” he notes. “It got kind of old when you just finished an album and you want to go and talk about that but the person on the other end is more focused on gossip. But that wasn’t anything that we ever held personally against either Travis or Katy; we just sort of chalked it up to the shallowness of a lot of the mainstream media.”

Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (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.

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