Hey Violet

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Hey Violet
Left to right: Casey Moreta, Rena Lovelis, Nia Lovelis, Miranda Miller.
Background information
Also known as Cherri Bomb (2008–2015)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts 5 Seconds of Summer
Website heyviolet.com
  • Rena Lovelis
  • Miranda Miller
  • Nia Lovelis
  • Casey Moreta
  • Iain Shipp
Past members
  • Julia Pierce

Hey Violet is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, consisting of Rena Lovelis (lead vocals), Miranda Miller (rhythm guitar, keyboard, vocals), Nia Lovelis (drums, vocals), Casey Moreta (lead guitar, vocals), and Iain Shipp (bass).

Formed in 2008 as Cherri Bomb while its members were still in middle school, the band was originally an all-female hard rock group, consisting of Miller, the Lovelis sisters and lead singer Julia Pierce. In 2013, Pierce left the band and was later replaced by Moreta. In 2015, the group changed their name to Hey Violet and largely altered their sound. They later signed to Hi or Hey Records, founded by 5 Seconds of Summer, who they supported on the Rock Out With Your Socks Out and Sounds Live, Feels Live tours.


2008–2013: Cherri Bomb and Julia Pierce's departure[edit]

Cherri Bomb consisted of Julia Pierce, who was the lead guitarist and vocalist, alongside Nia Lovelis, Miranda Miller and Rena Lovelis. The name Cherri Bomb originated from the book Cherry Bomb – The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star[6] by Carrie Borzillo. On June 14, 2011, they signed to Hollywood Records,[7] and on October 18, 2011, they released their debut EP, Stark.

The band were opening acts for rock bands, including Bush, Camp Freddy, Filter, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Staind and Steel Panther.[7][8] They also played European festivals, including Oxegen in Ireland (the youngest act to appear), T in the Park in Scotland, Sonisphere and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.[9]

The band released their debut studio album, This Is the End of Control, on May 15, 2012, which charted on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums at number 24 and Top Heatseekers at number 11.[10] They appeared on the Warped Tour in July–August 2012.[11][12]

In August 2012, they toured with the Welsh rock band Lostprophets.[13]

On January 23, 2013, Cherri Bomb announced on their Facebook page that they had parted ways with Pierce. When asked the reasoning behind Pierce's departure, Miller commented on her Tumblr that it was due to "creative differences", and that "we went our separate ways because we wanted to go in one direction and she wanted to go in another." However, after Pierce's departure was announced she took to her own Facebook page and clarified that she did not leave the band voluntarily. Pierce stated "When I started Cherri Bomb five years ago, I envisioned something beautiful for this band. It's unfortunate that I'm no longer part of it. Sadly, what has happened wasn't my decision. I never imagined it ending up this way."[14]

Guitarist Casey Moreta joined the band that year on a temporary basis. On March 9, 2013, Moreta was asked to join the band permanently while performing on stage at the Viper Room.[15]

2015–present: Hey Violet[edit]

Rena Lovelis performing in 2016.

On February 18, 2015, the band announced on their official YouTube channel that they had changed their name to Hey Violet.[16] On the March 19, they released their new single "This Is Why".[17] On March 24, it was confirmed that they would be signed to Hi or Hey Records, 5 Seconds of Summer's partnership of Capitol Records.[2] On June 15, Hey Violet announced that they would be releasing their first EP I Can Feel It in July. The band were the opening support act for 5 Seconds of Summer on the European & North American legs of their Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour.[18] In both the European and USA/Canadian legs of the tour, they played free acoustic sets outside the show venues for fans.[19] The band also went on its own European headlining tour in winter 2015. It was during this tour that Rena stopped playing the bass to focus on her vocals, and a temporary bassist was brought on. They continued to open for 5SOS on the North American leg of their 2016 Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour.[20] During this tour, new touring bassist Iain Shipp was introduced, and was later made an official member of the band in September 2016. Their second EP Brand New Moves was released in August 2016, with follow up single Guys My Age in September 2016. Hey Violet toured radio stations in fall 2016 and was on the line up for a number of Jingle Ball shows promoting their EP and single "Guys My Age". In March 2017, "Break My Heart" was released which is the second single from their upcoming album coming sometime in 2017.[21] The band announced on April 17, 2017 that their second studio album is going to be titled From the Outside.[22]

Band members[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "5 Seconds of Summer have signed Hey Violet to their label Hi Or Hey Records". Stage Right Secrets. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive Q and A: Cherri Bomb Separate The Girls From The Boys". Ourstage.com. August 7, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Houle, Zachary. "Cherri Bomb: This is the End of Control". PopMatters. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cherri Bomb | Leeds Festival 2011 - #AltSounds". Hangout.altsounds.com. September 6, 2011. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Cherri Bomb – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Cherri Bomb Signs to Hollywood Records - ARTISTdirect News". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cherri Bomb: Queens of Noise". Loudmag.com.au. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cherri Bomb". South by Southwest. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ Cherri Bomb. "Cherri Bomb – Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Cherri Bomb Talk Vans Warped Tour & Marvel'S The Avengers Movie Soundtrack". The Daily BLAM!. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ Musicians. "Cherri Bomb On Warped Tour & Bamboozle - New Album Out May 15". Fearlessradio.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Lostprophets and Cherri Bomb Tour Dates". SMNnews.com. July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/JuliaPierceOfficial/posts/294954760626769
  15. ^ "Cherri Bomb's YouTube video" (March 11, 2013). Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "Hey Violet's YouTube video" (February 18, 2015). Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  17. ^ Hey Violet - This Is Why (Music Video). YouTube. March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "5 Seconds of Summer confirm tour dates with Hey Violet" (April 1, 2015) Billboard.com. Retrieved July 01, 2015
  19. ^ "Hey Violet – USA Band - evenmoreseniorbushe". evenmoreseniorbushe. 
  20. ^ ".@5SOS + @HEYVIOLET. #SLFL N. AMERICA. BRING IT ON." (May 12, 2016) Twitter.Com. Retrieved July 13, 2016
  21. ^ [1] (March 10, 2017) iTunes. Retrieved March 10, 2017
  22. ^ [2] (April 17, 2017) Twitter. Retrieved April 17, 2017
  23. ^ "Twitter". 

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