Despite An Ailing McCoy, Gym Class Heroes Forge Ahead With Intended Album Release
In spite of lead singer Travis McCoy’s recent health problems, Gym Class Heroes has prepared and is ready to release “The Quilt” the follow-up to their 2008 smash album, “The Papercut Chronicles II.”
In the years after the release of “The Papercut Chronicles II,” the other band members took time off to pursue personal interests. McCoy, however, dived into recording, releasing and promoting his solo album, “Lazarus.”
"It was just one big fucking menagerie of work," McCoy said in an interview with Billboard.com. "During the 'Lazurus' cycle, we were already writing songs for 'The Papercut Chronicles II.' So for me, it's been pretty much nonstop since 'The Quilt.'"
To prepare for the album release, the band has been making multiple appearances, pairing with other artists (Adam Levine, Dirty Heads) and merchandising their brand on Hot Topic t-shirts.
"It's smart marketing," said label president and CEO John Janick to Billboard. "It's just more floor space and marketing for Gym Class Heroes. When you have this big single like 'Stereo Hearts' and you tie it into the merchandise, it does well."
McCoy implied that Gym Class Heroes’ hectic schedule is paying off, even though the band has yet to claim a platinum album as their own and the commitment to career is taking its toll on the lead singer (he currently has a stomach virus).
"I've been to the hospital twice,” he said.
"We took a chance [at a show] in Philly and played a new song, 'Matyrial Gir$,' and they ate it up," McCoy added. "I got super-gassed and jumped into the crowd, and they were singing it back to me. I was [thinking], 'How do they know this shit already?'"
McCoy does plan to rest—one day.
"Usually when we put out a record, we like to tour for at least three, four years," McCoy says with a laugh. "If that's the case, I'll be 34, 35 when it's over-I think it'll be time to take a break."
“The Papercut Chronicles II” is due in stores November 15.
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