Start a Rockin’ Week with Hey Monday
The introduction to fame of this American rock band coming from West Palm Beach, Florida started with their formation on 2008. They are currently composedof members Cassadee Pope, Mike Gentile, Chris Gentile , Patrick McKenzie and Alex Lipshaw,. The band is at present on a hiatus since last December of 2011. They came out with their first album entitled Hold on Tight in 2008 which gave way to popular singles Homecoming and How You Love Me Now. Their next album was released in 2010 RP Beneath It All which went on to gain average commercial success. Another EP was released in 2011 entitled Candles. On December 2011, The Christmas EP of the band went on sale. 2011 also was a year of extensive tours as supporting acts and main shows for the band. After Cassadee Pope and Mike Gentile’s former band called Blake disbanded, Hey Monday was born. Frontwoman Cassadee said that they chose the band nameHey Monday, “…because it’s very contradicting.” “Most people don’t really say they’re happy about a Monday, they view it like it’s the first day of the rest of their week, but Monday can also just be a new beginning.” Pope and Gentile were still into making music and looked for a new band in their local Florida area. They then shortly came together with drummer Elliot James who then signed up rhythm guitarist Alex Lipshaw. Soon after that they found bassist Michael “Jersey” Moriarty. Hey Monday was then officially created. The band was found out when Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy took a listen to one of their demos while Wentz was in the Crush Management office. The Fall Out Boy singer was interested in the young group to take on to his own label, Decaydance, however Columbia Records was also appealed by the band that Hey Monday ended up with a joint contract
with both labels.
Hey Monday Says Hold On Tight
The band worked on their debut album, Hold On Tight, all over the course of the summer of 2008. During fall, they released the album on October 7 to just minimal commercial success. The album placed in on Billboard Heatseekers. Shortly after their first album declined, the band began a lot of touring with bands like The Cab, The Academy Is…, We The Kings, Cash Cash, This Providence, A Rocket To The Moon, and VersaEmerge. The coming year they gave their support to Fall Out Boy on both their major U.S. and international tours. By then, the band’s fame grew and they had their very first headlining tour with Stereo Skyline, This Providence, The Bigger Lights, and The Friday Night Boys as support. They had also managed to headline a few times in Europe. They supported All Time Low on the Glamour Kills Tour in the fall of 2009.
Hey Monday’s Beneath It All in 2010
The group started early 2010 finishing the songwriting and recording of Beneath It All. This was supposedly their second full-length studio album. When all the writing and recording were done, the group then went on the 2010 Alternative Press Tour along with The Cab, Every Avenue, The Summer Set and NeverShoutNever. The group also played on Bamboozle’s Main Stage during Sunday, May 2. By June 24, the group officially announced their finished product Beneath It All on their website with a set release date due August 17. Cassadee Pope announced on July 23 that Beneath It All would be released as a 6 song EP instead rather than a full-length one. Cassadee also informed that a full-length album will be released earlier the following year as well as the band touring for a longer amount of time. Hey Monday then went on the whole Warped Tour 2010 on the Altec Lancing stage. The band played two songs from their album Beneath It All on Jimmy Kimmel live on September 22, 2010, namely their lead single I Don’t Wanna Dance and Wish You Were Here. Even though, Cassadee Pope and Mike Gentile were the only official members of the band at the time of the performance the replacing musicians wore shirts with the absentee band member’s pictures on them. The band went on the fourth episode of the TV series Hellcats, called Nobody Loves Me But My Mother.
Hey Monday with Christmas EP and Present Hiatus
The band re-released their second EP Candles on February 8, 2011 online and made a music video for it. Their song Candles was used for a duet on Glee’s episode Original Song which was performed by Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson for a Regionals act. During the spring of 2011, the group toured with, Yellowcard, The Summer Set and All Time Low on The Dirty Work Tour. When May 2011 came, Hey Monday performed in Indonesia and went on a South American tour with Nevershoutnever that next month of August. By the fall of 2011, the band signed off from both the record labels Decaydance and Columbia. The band then went on to self promote The Christmas EP digitally on December 6, 2011 to iTunes and other online stores. The album became one of the top 10 of iTunes’s Albums. Singer Cassadee Pope and guitarist Mike Gentile shared the band is at presenton hiatus via their personal profiles on the social networking sites Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on December 16.Cassadee as well announced that she will be taking on a solo acoustic tour of the United States in the months of January and February 2012 in the likelihood of kick-starting her own solo career.
Soon enough the band will bounce back with and give us a Hey Monday weekday to love!