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Gym Class Heroes

Background information
Origin Geneva, New York, USA
Genres Alternative hip hop
Years active 1997–present
Labels Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen
Atlantic Records
Associated acts Fall Out Boy
Kill The Frontman
Cobra Starship
The Academy Is...
Panic At The Disco
Every Time I Die
Lil Wayne
Four Year Strong
Bring Me the Horizon
Ra Ra Riot
Travis McCoy (vocals)
Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo (guitar, vocals)
Eric Roberts (bass guitar, vocals)
Matt McGinley (drums, percussion)
Former members
Ryan Geise
Samm Shuffler
Milo Bonacci
Sie One

Gym Class Heroes is an American band from Geneva, New York. The group formed when Travis "Schleprok" McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley and decided to form a band. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts, former members of Earl's Garage, they were signed to Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance Records, Fall Out Boy's bassist, Pete Wentz's, own independent record label, on which they 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. Gym Class Heroes use live instrumentation. 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, which was released on September 9, 2008.



MC Travis McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends at their local high school's gym class in Geneva, New York. They officially came together in 1997[1]. The original GCH began playing birthday parties, clubs, and festivals which eventually led to larger venues throughout the northeast, including three years on Warped Tour (2003, 2004, 2008). During 2004, guitarist Milo Bonacci (who went on to form Ra Ra Riot [2]) parted ways with the band and was replaced with current guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo. In mid 2005, bassist Ryan Geise left the band and was replaced by their friend, bassist Eric Roberts. Gym Class Heroes' lead singer Travis McCoy won MTV's Direct Effect MC Battle and as a prize, appeared in Styles P's video "Daddy Get That Cash".[3] The group released three more CDs from 1999 to 2004, called "Hed Candy," "Greasy Kids Stuff," and "Papercut Chronicles EP". Their video "Cupids Chokehold" features appearances by Katy Perry and Patrick Stump. They also occasionally tour with New York songwriter Tim William on keyboards.

Band members


Current members

Former members

  • Milo Bonacci - guitar, vocals (1997–2004)
  • Ryan Geise - bass (1997–2005)
  • Steve Decker - mpc (1997–2003)


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2007 MTV Video Music Awards Best Group Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Won
MTV European Music Awards Ultimate Urban Won


External links


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Gym Class Heroes is a hip hop band from Geneva, New York.


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