When asked about their decision to perform at Pomona College, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy and drummer Matt McGiney answered with a straight face, “It was mostly due to their long-standing achievements in academics and philanthropy… Nah, we’re just kidding you.”
Every fall, Gym Class Heroes makes a tour of colleges and universities. But the group appeals to a wide array of listeners, rather beyond just college students. When asked about the types of people who listen to their work, the musicians said that “all manners of people pack into our concerts, from college students to housewives.”
McCoy strongly believes that the music of Gym Class Heroes brings people together. “Just look at who comes to our concerts,” he said. “Young kids, their parents, all races. I mean we lucked out in that department. As far as putting what we do in a category, it’s tough. If I had to choose though, I would say alternative hip-hop.”
While not attracting a sell-out crowd, the concert, held at Bridges Auditorium on Oct. 11, still drew about 100 students who managed to put down their books for an evening to enjoy a relatively rare big-name performance in Claremont. The opening act—The Curious Case of Miriam Feldblum (CCMF)—seemed an odd choice for the concert, contrasting with rather than complementing the expletives and rock-out quality of Gym Class Heroes with their tight-fitting pants and old rock covers. As soon as Gym Class Heroes took the stage, audience members surged to the front, standing on seats and armrests. The band played several of their hits, including “Peace Sign/Index Down,” “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Cookie Jar.” McCoy, however, spoke more about his newfound singledom than spent time playing actual music.
After an encore song, the band left the stage for good, exiting to a chorus of half-hearted “Encore” shouts from the audience. The music of Gym Class Heroes may be a popular choice on the 5C’s, but their performance in concert—lacking any coherent theme and much actual music—in the end left something to be desired.