Hey Monday is an American rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, formed in 2008. The band formed 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 recruited rhythm guitarist Alex Lipshaw and drummer Elliot James. 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 in October to very minor commercial success.
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. In July Pope announced that “Beneath It All” would be released as a six song EP rather than a full-length album. In the fall of 2010, Patrick McKenzie became the permanent drummer.
The group then announced that Moriarty was leaving the band. Gentile has since then been filling in on bass. In February 2011, Hey Monday released their second EP, “Candles,” digitally.
Hey Monday then departed from the record labels Decaydance and Columbia. The band self-released “The Christmas EP” digitally in December 2011. Shortly after Pope and Gentile announced the band was going on hiatus.