SOURCE: Atlantic Records

June 30, 2008 11:28 ET

Gym Class Heroes Roll Out "THE QUILT"; Award-Winning Alternative Hip-Hop Outfit Return With Star-Studded Third Album; First Single/Video, "Cookie Jar," Debuts in July, as Band Headlines Vans Warped Tour; "THE QUILT" Drops Everywhere September 9th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated third album, "THE QUILT." The collection -- which follows 2006's RIAA gold-certified breakthrough, "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" -- arrives in stores and at online retailers on September 9th.

"THE QUILT" will be preceded by the album's first single, "Cookie Jar." Produced by The-Dream (Rihanna, Usher, Chris Brown), the track will be available for digital purchase on July 8th. Gym Class Heroes recently wrapped production on a companion video for "Cookie Jar" with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Jim Jones, Lil' Wayne). The clip will premiere later this summer.

For their new album, Gym Class Heroes teamed up with a number of extraordinary collaborators. In addition to The-Dream, producers include Cool & Dre (Yung Joc, Young Jeezy, The Game) and the Geneva, NY-based band's longtime friend and collaborator, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. What's more, "THE QUILT" features special guest contributions from the one-and-only Busta Rhymes, UK soul sensation Estelle, and the legendary Daryl Hall.

Gym Class Heroes will spend their summer busting out the new material as headliners on the just-underway Vans Warped Tour (see attached itinerary). In addition, the band will also join fellow Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording groups The Academy Is..., Cobra Starship, and Four Year Strong for summer shows in New Orleans, Montana, and Oregon.

Acclaimed for their unique approach to alternative hip-hop, Gym Class Heroes became an international sensation in 2007 with their #1 blockbuster hit, "Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast In America." The track was a multiple chart-topping crossover smash and catapulted "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" to RIAA gold certification for sales exceeding 500,000.

The band was named "Best New Artist" at 2007's MTV Video Music Awards, beating out such stars as Amy Winehouse and Carrie Underwood. GCH were all over music television, with live performances and videos for such tracks as the anthemic "Clothes Off!" appearing on MTV, its affiliated networks, and FUSE. Additional Gym Class Heroes TV appearances included performances on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

A remarkably dedicated live act, Gym Class Heroes have toured nearly non-stop in recent years. In addition to headlining a number of packed-out tours, the band played at countless festivals and radio-sponsored shows, and shared stages with Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani.

For up-to-the-minute news and tour information, see the official Gym Class Heroes website, www.gymclassheroes.com, or the band's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/gymclassheroes.

Gym Class Heroes are: Travis McCoy (lead vocalist), Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo (guitarist), Eric Roberts (bassist), and Matt McGinley (drummer).

(TOUR ITINERARY ATTACHED)

                       GYM CLASS HEROES
                          Tour 2008
                All Dates w/Vans Warped Tour Except
  * w/The Academy Is..., Cobra Starship, and Four Year Strong

JUNE
28      Salt Lake City, UT      Utah State Fairgrounds
29      Denver, CO              Invesco Field @ Mile High

JULY

1       Maryland Heights, MO    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
2       Bonner Springs, KS      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
3       Dallas, TX              Superpages.com Center
5       Selma, TX               Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6       Houston, TX             Sam Houston Race Park
8       New Orleans, LA         House of Blues *
9       Atlanta, GA             Lakewood Amphitheater
10      Orlando, FL             Central Florida Fairgrounds
11      St. Petersburg, FL      Vinoy Park
12      Miami, FL               Bicentennial Park
13      St. Augustine, FL       St. Johns Fair
14      Charlotte, NC           Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
15      Virginia Beach, VA      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
16      Columbia, MD            Merriweather Post Pavilion
17      Cleveland, OH           Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
18      Detroit, MI             Comerica Park
19      Toronto, ON             Downsview Park
20      Montreal, QC            Parc Jean Drapeau
23      Mansfield, MA           Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts
24      Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
25      Camden, NJ              Susquehanna Bank Center
26      Uniondale, NY           Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
27      Scranton, PA            Toyota Pavilion
28      Englishtown, NJ         Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
29      Burgettstown, PA        Post Gazette Pavilion
30      Cincinnati, OH          Riverbend Music Center
31      Noblesville, IN         Verizon Wireless Music Center

AUGUST

1       Milwaukee, WI           Marcus Amphitheater
2       Tinley Park, IL         First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
5       Saskatoon, SK           Credit Union Center
6       Calgary, AB             Race City Speedway
7       Missoula, MT            Wilma Theater *
8       Nampa, ID               Idaho Center Amphitheater
9       George, WA              George Amphitheater
10      St. Helens, OR          Columbia Meadows
11      Eugene, OR              McDonald Theater *
13      Fresno, CA              Save Mart Center
14      Chula Vista, CA         Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
15      Mountain View, CA       Shoreline Amphitheater
16      Marysville, CA          Sleep Train Amphitheater
17      Carson, CA              Home Depot Center

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