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Gym Class Heroes "Numb" To Rock Stardom

Of the Oakland Press

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Thanks to a couple of hits singles — “The Queen and I” and the current Top 10 smash “Cupid’s Chokehold,” with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump — the members of Gym Class Heroes can consider themselves rock stars.

But frontman Travis McCoy says it’s still “the smallest things that mean the most” to the burgeoning quartet from Geneva, N.Y.

“I’m kind of numb to what I think other people would consider rock star moments,” says McCoy, 25, who formed the rap/rock band in 1997 with drummer Matt McGinley, who he knew from, yes, his high school gym class.

“Just playing in a city like Davenport, Iowa, or some city and having the kids know our songs and singing them with conviction, that means the world to me. I like the little things like that.”

But, he acknowledges, it’s no small consideration that Gym Class Heroes’ rise was facilitated by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who signed the group to his own Decaydance Records label in 2004, after Gym Class Heroes had released three independent albums. And having Stump, the Chicago rock band’s lead singer, produce and appear on its biggest hit is a further indication of just how much the relationship has benefited McCoy and company.

“Honestly, we were really, really lucky,” says McCoy, who was a guest on Cobra Starship’s “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” single last year. “Pete found us; it was crazy. It’s so cool he had a genuine interest in what we were doing, and the fact he wanted to work with us was awesome.

“Really, man, all we wanted to do was get on the road and build, like, a solid following as opposed to just being tossed out for public consumption. We wanted to build something, a solid platform, and be a genuine force, not something fabricated. I really feel like that’s what’s happening.”

Gym Class Heroes, RX Bandit, K-OS and P.O.S. perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15 in advance, $16 day of show. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www. livenation.com

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