Do you remember Travie McCoy from the song with Bruno Mars, ‘Billionaire’? He’s a member of a group called Gym Class Heroes whose latest hit single ‘Stereo heart’ has been doing well in the charts. Read about Gym Class Heroes below.
Gym Class Heroes is an American hip hop rock band from Geneva, New York. They have collaborated with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump on numerous occasions, notably for providing backing vocals on the song “Cupid’s Chokehold.” Stump also produced the majority of their album The Quilt.
The group formed when Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley in high school and decided to form a band. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts, the group was signed to Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records (Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz’s independent record label), on which they released their debut album, The Papercut Chronicles. The group gained a strong fan base while promoting the album, appearing at festivals such as Bamboozle and Warped Tour. In 2006, the group released the gold-selling album As Cruel as School Children. Since that release, the band’s single “Cupid’s Chokehold” reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Clothes Off!!” peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. On September 9, 2008, Gym Class Heroes released their third album, The Quilt, which contained numerous collaborations with other artists.
Travie McCoy has recently pursued a solo career, releasing the album Lazarus in June 2010. Lumumba-Kasongo has been working on his side-project Soul, while McGinley now drums in the rock group Kill the Frontman. However, the group plans to release The Papercut Chronicles II on November 15, 2011, and are currently in the studio completing songs for the album.
McCoy had discussed the band’s new album, The Papercut Chronicles II, “We’re about 12 demos deep. All I got to say is it’s definitely going back to the essence of Gym Class Heroes, which is four dudes sitting in a room, vibing off each other and making organic, dark metal.”
On June 9, 2011, Gym Class Heroes released a song entitled “Stereo Hearts” which features Adam Levine from Maroon 5. It is the first single to be released from The Papercut Chronicles II. It became available for download on iTunes on June 14, 2011. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On October 18, 2011, Gym Class Heroes released a song entitled “Life Goes On” which features Oh Land. It is the second single to be released from The Papercut Chronicles II. The album is set for a November 15th release.
On November 1, 2011, Gym Class Heroes released their third single of the album, “Ass Back Home”, featuring Neon Hitch via iTunes.