Hey Monday

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Hey Monday
Hey Monday performing in April 2009
Hey Monday performing in April 2009
Background information
OriginWest Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Years active2008–2011, 2019
LabelsDecaydance, Columbia
Associated acts
  • Cassadee Pope
  • Mike Gentile
  • Alex Lipshaw
  • Chris Gentile
  • Patrick McKenzie
Past members

Hey Monday is an American rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, formed in 2008. The band is on a hiatus as of December 2011.[1] They released their debut album Hold On Tight in 2008, which produced the 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. Their final release, The Christmas EP, was released on December 6, 2011. The band is on hiatus and claims to not be "broken up". Lead singer, Cassadee Pope, is now a solo artist.


Formation and Hold On Tight[edit]

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 mid-2008 and it released on October 7 to very minor commercial success; it charted on Billboard Heatseekers albums. Soon after they began extensive touring with the Academy Is..., We the Kings, the Cab, This Providence, A Rocket to the Moon, VersaEmerge and Cash Cash. The 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 late-2009 they supported All Time Low on the Glamour Kills Tour.

Departure of Elliot James[edit]

Following the band's headlining tour in the UK, James left the band.[2] He went on tour performing with the group the Scene Aesthetic and reformed his former band Easton.[3] At the beginning of 2012 Easton evolved into a new band, Break Blossom,[4] which released a six-track EP, Last Night of Your Life, in May 2012, but the band split up six months later. James later launched a solo career, firstly releasing two singles in 2015 under the alias Baallet.[5] Since 2016 he has released music under his own name, beginning with the EPs Soft Dreams Osaka (2016) and Favourite (2017). His debut solo album Always Lately was released in August 2019.[6]

Beneath It All (2010)[edit]

Hey Monday performing at Warped Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina in July 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. Hey Monday then played the entire Warped Tour 2010 on the Altec Lansing 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[edit]

Following the band's performance at Warped Tour, the group announced that Jersey would be leaving the band. Guitarist Mike Gentile's brother 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 (2011–2018)[edit]

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 the band announced they were going on a hiatus.[7][8] Pope went on to win the third season of NBC's The Voice.[9] Mike and Chris Gentile also moved on to form Rescue Kid alongside Armando and Eddie.

Reunion show (2019)[edit]

On November 25, after an eight year hiatus, Hey Monday (as Cassadee, Mike and Alex), reunited and played an entire set as part of the “Hey, it’s Monday” Nashville pop punk show.[10]

Musical style[edit]

Hey Monday has been described as pop punk,[11][12] emo pop[12][13] pop rock,[12] and power pop.[14]


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

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Cassadee Pope – lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2008–2011, 2019)
  • Mike Gentile – lead guitar, backing vocals (2008–2011, 2019)
  • Alex Lipshaw – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2008–2011, 2019)
  • Chris Gentile – bass, backing vocals (2010–2011, 2019)
  • Patrick McKenzie – drums (2010–2011, 2019)

Former members

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




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  3. ^ "PropertyOfZack Interview : : Easton". PropertyOfZack. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
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  8. ^ Hey Monday Guitarist Releases Statement Regarding Hiatus Archived February 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Alter The Press. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "Cassadee Pope Wins 'The Voice'". Mtv.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Shoemaker, Whitney (October 24, 2019). "Cassadee Pope reveals Hey Monday set at Pop-Punk Homecoming event". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on October 29, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "Hey Monday - Hold On Tight". Alternative press. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "Hey Monday Bio". AllMusic. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Hey Monday". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hey Monday Hold on Tight review". Sputnik. Archived from the original on May 19, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.

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