4 Songs, 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The West Palm Beach, Fla.–based quintet Hey Monday has recorded three original yuletide carols (and a traditional one) overflowing with urgent adolescent emotions, tastefully executed by Cassadee Pope’s flawless singing. “Without You” sets the tone with a wintry cool as she pines for an absent boyfriend, using her soaring inflections and barbed melodies. The slower-moving “Shafted” waltzes like a prom-night anthem, but the lyrics here aren’t quite so romantic; she sings lovelorn laments about a guy with a lump of coal for a heart who had the nerve to leave her during Christmastime. But she turns up the holiday cheer on “Mixtape for Christmas,” a swooning piece of triumphant Christmas pop wherein she sings about receiving a curious 20th century artifact that contains a thoughtful mix of her favorite songs. Pope and company close with a gorgeous rendition of “Oh, Holy Night,” the EP’s only cover.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The West Palm Beach, Fla.–based quintet Hey Monday has recorded three original yuletide carols (and a traditional one) overflowing with urgent adolescent emotions, tastefully executed by Cassadee Pope’s flawless singing. “Without You” sets the tone with a wintry cool as she pines for an absent boyfriend, using her soaring inflections and barbed melodies. The slower-moving “Shafted” waltzes like a prom-night anthem, but the lyrics here aren’t quite so romantic; she sings lovelorn laments about a guy with a lump of coal for a heart who had the nerve to leave her during Christmastime. But she turns up the holiday cheer on “Mixtape for Christmas,” a swooning piece of triumphant Christmas pop wherein she sings about receiving a curious 20th century artifact that contains a thoughtful mix of her favorite songs. Pope and company close with a gorgeous rendition of “Oh, Holy Night,” the EP’s only cover.

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About Hey Monday

Led by powerhouse vocalist Cassadee Pope, Hey Monday debuted their fizzy emo-pop sound with 2008's Hold on Tight. The band formed in West Palm Beach, FL, where Pope was first discovered at a regional music conference. Although still in high school, the singer drew attention from A&R execs with her voice, which recalled the radio-ready wail of Avril Lavigne and Paramore's Hayley Williams. She then formed a band with fellow teenagers Jersey Moriarty (bass), Elliot James (drums), and guitarists Mike Gentile and Alex Lipshaw. Shedding their original name (Blake) in favor of Hey Monday, the group eventually won over A&R exec Jay Harren, who signed the band to Columbia Records. Hey Monday then entered the recording studio with S*A*M & Sluggo, the production team behind albums by Metro Station and the Academy Is..., and readied the release of their debut record.

Hold on Tight arrived in October 2008 under a joint partnership with Columbia and Pete Wentz's own label, Decaydance. The group spent the next year touring, supporting Fall Out Boy and All Time Low as well as spending some time as a headlining act. Near the end of 2009, drummer James left the band and was replaced by Patrick McKenzie. The band then spent the first half of 2010 recording new songs (with session drummer Stacy Jones behind the drum kit), and released the six-song EP Beneath It All in August. ~ Andrew Leahey

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