Travis McCoy, a member of Gym Class Heroes, the Geneva-based band that recently received MTV’s 2007 Video Music Award for Best New Artist, met with students from Associate Dean Chip Capraro’s First Year Seminar, “Rock Music and American Masculinities, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Geneva Room.
The band was in town for a sold-out show at the Smith Opera House, their first hometown appearance since Seneca Lake Whale Watch in August 2005.
Capraro’s class looks at the lives, times and music of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Bruce Springsteen and Kurt Cobain, — central figures in the history of American rock music from 1950s rock and roll to 1990s grunge. The seminar was designed to give students an appreciation for the role of gender, race, class, sexuality and region in shaping men’s identity and experience.
The band has been on MTV several times in 2007, with “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America spending time atop the network’s playlist. The group was also featured on such programming as Spring Break ’07 Live, TRL, and MTV Live, as well as on MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, and MTV Tr3s. “Cupid’sChokehold/Breakfast in America also proved a rotation favorite at VH1, Fuse and Mun2.