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Hey Monday is an American rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, formed in 2008 and are currently on a hiatus as of December 2011. They released their debut album Hold on Tight in 2008 which produced singles "Homecoming" and "How You Love Me Now". The album was followed up with their 2010 EP Beneath It All, which achieved moderate commercial success, and Candles EP in 2011. The Christmas EP came on December 6 later that year. The group has toured extensively both as supporting acts and headliners, and have appeared on Warped Tour. Hey Monday has toured with bands such as Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Yellowcard and We The Kings. Hey Monday is currently on hiatus and claims to not be "broken up". Lead singer Cassadee Pope pursued a solo career and subsequently won season three of The Voice.


Formation and Hold on Tight

Hey Monday was formed in March 2008 after Cassadee Pope and Mike Gentile's former band Blake broke up. Pope and Gentile wanted to continue playing music and began holding auditions for a new band around their local Florida music scene. Pope and Gentile quickly joined forces with drummer Elliot James who then recruited rhythm guitarist Alex Lipshaw. Soon afterward they enlisted bassist Michael "Jersey" Moriarty and Hey Monday was formed. They were discovered when Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz heard one of their demos while he was in the Crush Management office. Wentz wanted to sign them to his label, Decaydance, but Columbia Records was also interested so the band ended up signing a joint deal with both labels. They recorded their debut album, Hold On Tight, throughout the summer of 2008 and it released later that fall on October 7 to very minor commercial success; it charted on Billboard Heatseekers albums. Soon after their debut album dropped, Hey Monday began extensive touring with the likes of The Academy Is..., We The Kings, The Cab, This Providence, A Rocket To The Moon, VersaEmerge, and Cash Cash. That following year they supported Fall Out Boy on both their major U.S. and international tours. Their popularity grew and the band went on their first headlining tour with This Providence, The Friday Night Boys, Stereo Skyline, and The Bigger Lights as support. They also headlined a few dates in Europe. In the fall of 2009 they supported All Time Low on the Glamour Kills Tour.

Departure of Elliot James

Following the band's first headlining tour overseas in the UK, Elliot announced that he would be leaving the band. Elliot went on to tour with the group The Scene Aesthetic and founded a new group .

Beneath It All (2010)

Hey Monday spent the beginning of 2010 finishing the writing and recording of Beneath It All, which was originally going to be their second full-length studio album. After the writing and recording process, they went on the 2010 Alternative Press Tour with The Summer Set, Every Avenue, The Cab and NeverShoutNever. The band also played Bamboozle's Main Stage on Sunday, May 2. On June 24, the group officially announced Beneath It All on their website with a release date of August 17. On July 23, Cassadee Pope announced that Beneath It All would be released as a 6 song EP rather than a full-length album. She also said that a full-length album will be out very early next year and they will be touring for a longer period of time. Hey Monday then played the entire Warped Tour 2010 on the Altec Lancing stage. The band performed two songs from Beneath It All on Jimmy Kimmel live on September 22, 2010, the lead single "I Don't Wanna Dance" and "Wish You Were Here". Although Cassadee Pope and Mike Gentile were the only official members of the band at the performance the fill-in musicians wore shirts with the absent band member's pictures on them. Hey Monday appeared in the fourth episode of the TV series Hellcats, called "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother".

Departure of Michael "Jersey" Moriarty

Following the band's performance at Warped Tour, the group announced that Jersey would be leaving the band. Chris Gentile has since then been filling in on bass. Jersey is now doing a solo project and has released an EP named Oh Boy Here We Go.

Christmas EP and hiatus (2011–present)

On February 8, 2011, Hey Monday re-released their second EP, Candles, digitally and a music video for "Candles" on March 9. "Candles" was used for a duet on Glee's episode Original Song done by Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson for a Regionals performance. In the spring of 2011, Hey Monday toured with All Time Low, Yellowcard, and The Summer Set on The Dirty Work Tour. In May 2011, Hey Monday played in Indonesia and went on a South American tour with Nevershoutnever that following August. In the fall of 2011, Hey Monday departed from the record labels Decaydance and Columbia. The band self-released The Christmas EP digitally on December 6, 2011 to iTunes and other digital outlets; it peaked in the top 10 of iTunes's Albums. On December 16, vocalist Cassadee Pope and guitarist Mike Gentile announced the band are on a hiatus, via their personal profiles on the social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Pope also announced a solo acoustic tour of the United States that would be in January and February of 2012 in hopes of jumpstarting her solo career. Pope went on to win the third season of NBC's The Voice.


Tour name Participating bands Location Participating from - to
The Why So Serious? Tour The Cab, This Providence, Hey Monday, A Rocket To The Moon United States September 11–28, 2008
Bill & Trav's Bogus Journey Tour The Academy Is..., We The Kings, Carolina Liar, Hey Monday United States October 1 - November 23, 2008
Christma Hanu-Kwanza Tour All Time Low, The Audition, Hey Monday, The Friday Night Boys, Sparks The Rescue United States December 17–28, 2008
Hello, My Name Is... Acoustic Tour We The Kings, Hey Monday, Cash Cash United States January 12–28, 2009
The Believers Never Die World Tour Fall Out Boy, The All-American Rejects, Hey Monday, Kids In Glass Houses (Europe) Australia, Europe, Japan February - March 2009
The Believers Never Die Tour Part Deux Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, All Time Low, Metro Station, Hey Monday United States April 3 - May 17, 2009
We The Kings UK 2009 Tour We The Kings, Hey Monday, Out of Sight Europe May 22–31, 2009
The Let's Make A Mess Tour Hey Monday, This Providence, The Friday Night Boys, Stereo Skyline, The Bigger Lights United States June 10, 2009 - July 27, 2009
Hello, My Name Is... Acoustic Tour Hey Monday, Stereo Skyline United States August
Fall UK 2009 Tour Hey Monday, Every Avenue, Out Of Sight, Stereo Skyline United Kingdom September 27 - October 5, 2009
The Glamour Kills Tour All Time Low, We The Kings, Hey Monday, The Friday Night Boys United States October 15 - December 6, 2009
Alternative Press Spring 2010 Tour Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, The Cab, Every Avenue, The Summer Set United States March 19 - May 5, 2010
Warped Tour 2010 ALTEC LANCING STAGE with: Attack Attack!, Breathe Carolina, Emmure, Four Year Strong, Parkway Drive, Pierce The Veil, Set Your Goals, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, You Me At Six United States June 25 - August 15, 2010
Fall US 2010 Tour Hey Monday, Cartel, The Ready Set, This Century, We Are the In Crowd United States October 17 - November 27, 2010
The Dirty Work Tour All Time Low, Yellowcard, Hey Monday, The Summer Set United States March 22 - May 7, 2011
Rexona Teens Eksis Abis A Rocket to the Moon, Hey Monday, The Downtown Fiction Indonesia Saturday, May 14, 2011
South America Tour Nevershoutnever, Hey Monday Argentina, Brazil, Chile Brazil: August 25–28, Chile: August 30 and Argentina: August 31, 2011


Year Award Category Winner/Nominee Result
2010 LA Rock Awards Biggest Buzznet Buzz Band Hey Monday Nominated
2010 Alternative Press Band of the Year Hey Monday Nominated


Current members

  • Cassadee Pope - lead vocals, guitar (2008–2011)
  • Mike Gentile - lead guitar (2008–2011)
  • Alex Lipshaw - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2008–2011)
  • Chris Gentile - bass guitar (2010–2011)
  • Patrick McKenzie - drums, percussion (2010–2011)

Former members

  • Elliot James - drums, percussion (2008–2009)
  • Michael "Jersey" Moriarty - bass guitar, backing vocals (2008–2010)


Studio albums

  • Hold on Tight (2008)


  • Beneath It All (2010)
  • Candles (2011)
  • The Christmas EP (2011)


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