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Gym Class Heroes announce UK dates

Gym Class Heroes

Story by Jack Foley

GENEVA, New York based Gym Class Heroes (Travis McCoy, Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, Eric Roberts and Matt McGinley) are set to bring their refreshing freethinking musical philosophy to the UK this summer.

With their amazing Top 5 single Cupid’s Chokehold (Breakfast In America) – taken from the album As Cruel As School Children – they will play the following dates in July, including a night at London’s Forum.

The dates are…
17 – Birmingham Academy 2
18 – Edinburgh Studio 24
19 – Manchester Academy 2
20 – London Forum

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 4 at 9am.

Rightly recognized as true pioneers of live hip-hop, Gym Class Heroes has won popular and critical acclaim for kicking out genre-busting jams that seamlessly meld rap, rock, pop funk, R&B and anything else that happens to strike the musically voracious outfit’s fancy.

They’ve taken America by storm with Cupid’s Chokehold(Breakfast In America), written by Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp and Rich Davies of Supertramp.

The track uses the hook from the 1979 hit song, Breakfast In America and features guest vocals by Patrick Stump (who also has a cameo role in the video).

The album, As Cruel As School Children is marked by its diverse grooves and warm organic textures and exudes the confidence and voracious musical appetite of a band that has won both popular and critical acclaim with their ability to seamlessly blend rap, rock and R&B.

“Our music is rooted in hip-hop,” explains McCoy. “But not restricted to it.”

In fact, crucial to the album’s buoyant sound, was their mutual love for the funk-flavoured mainstream R&B of the 80’s a la Prince and Ready for the World.

“Some of the arrangements in that stuff just blow me away,” says Travis. “Those are the songs that last forever. We’re definitely interested in making that type of music.”

Gym Class Heroes audio and video materials…

Watch the Cupid’s Chokehold video
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