Hold On Tight (album)

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Hold On Tight
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Studio album by Hey Monday
Released October 7, 2008
Recorded June 1 – August 3, 2008
Genre Pop punk, power pop
Length 37:30
Label Columbia
Producer Bret Disend, S*A*M & Sluggo
Hey Monday chronology
Hold On Tight
Beneath It All
Singles from Hold On Tight
  1. "Homecoming"
    Released: October 7, 2008
  2. "How You Love Me Now"
    Released: March 31, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 75% link
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Alternative Press 3/5 stars link
Bombshellzine.com 7/10 stars link
LetsSingIt.com (8.4/10) link

Hold On Tight is the debut studio album by American rock band Hey Monday. All the songs featured on the album were co-written and produced by: S*A*M & Sluggo, who have worked with many other artists in the past, most notably Gym Class Heroes, Katy Perry and The Academy Is....

Hey Monday's lead singer, Cassadee Pope, explained when the band were writing the songs for the record, they wanted to create something that people could really enjoy and dance to, while still putting their hearts into the songs.[1] Pope states "I feel that in the lyrics of the songs I’ve written for this album, I really was able to do this & the songs really show the diversity I feel I possess."[1]

Hold On Tight made headway in the Top Heatseekers chart peaking at #11. By October 2009, the album's sales stood at 64,000.[2] Critical response to the album was overall positive. Andrew Leahey of Allmusic guide gave the album a favorable review, stating, "There's certainly some filler here, particularly toward the album's conclusion, but Hold On Tight is still stacked with enough T.G.I.F. nuggets to make it an endearing, engaging debut."

The song "Should've Tried Harder" appeared in the video game MLB 2K9. The song "Homecoming" appeared in a commercial for the 2009 film Star Trek. The song "Run, Don't Walk" appeared in the video game Tony Hawk: Ride

It is the only album to feature the original drummer, Elliot James, and the only full-length to feature original bassist, Jersey Moriarty.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Cassadee Pope.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Set Off" Mike Gentile, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, Pope 3:27
2. "How You Love Me Now" Hollander, Katz, Pope, Butch Walker 3:18
3. "Homecoming" William Beckett, Hollander, Katz, Pope 3:58
4. "Obvious" Hollander, Katz, Pope 3:29
5. "Candles" Gentile, Hollander, Katz, Pope 2:55
6. "Run, Don't Walk" Hollander, Katz, Pope 3:43
7. "Josey" Gentile, Pope 3:19
8. "Hurricane Streets" Gentile, Hollander, Katz, Pope 3:07
9. "Arizona" Gentile, Hollander, Katz, Pope 3:37
10. "Should've Tried Harder" Pope 3:07
11. "6 Months" Pope 3:37


Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[3] 11
Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[4] 71


Hey Monday

  • Cassadee Pope – lead vocals
  • Mike Gentile – lead guitar
  • Alex Lipshaw – rhythm guitar
  • Michael "Jersey" Moriarty – bass, backing vocals
  • Elliot James – drums, backing vocals


  • Bobby Nolan – keyboards
  • Produced by Bret Disend, Sam "S*A*M" Hollander and Dave "Sluggo" Katz
  • Engineered by Sean Gould
  • Mixed by Stephen Harris
  • Mastered by Scott Hull
  • Rob Mathes – Arranger
  • Piano by Clifford Carter
  • Programming by Sam Hollander and Dave Katz
  • Additional vocals by Will Pugh
  • Additional guitars by Joseph Pepper
  • Violin by Warren Zalinski
  • Viola by Peter Lale
  • Cello by Anthony Pleeth


  1. ^ a b "Hey Monday- Access All Areas Artist Interview". Access All Areas. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  2. ^ Bell; Harding 2009, p. 57
  3. ^ "Hold On Tight - Hey Monday :Billboard album information". Billboard. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  4. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums - Week Commencing 2nd March 2009". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  • Bell, Crystal; Harding, Cortney (October 10, 2009). "Dance of Days". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 121 (39). ISSN 0006-2510.