Album Review
Hey Monday - Hold on Tight Album Cover

Hey Monday - Hold on Tight

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Hey MondayHold on Tight
Record Label: Decaydance / Columbia Records
Release Date: October 7th, 2008
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
As far as "front females" go, I'd have to say that Hayley Williams of Paramore would be up there with my favorites. She has a great voice regardless of what people may think about her in general. What I don't like about Williams however, is nothing that has to do with her personally, but the endless amount of comparisons to her whenever someone listens to a female fronted band. "OMG Paramore 2.0" and "Paramore rip-off1!!1" are amongst the comments I've witnessed regarding a pop band with a female vocalist. Part of me even thinks there could be a death metal band but as long as there was a girl singer, Paramore comparisons would be made.

When Hey Monday signed to Decaydance Records and the public saw that a girl was on vocals, hate came from every corner of the Internet. The fact that they were signed to Paramore's label's vanity probably didn't help much either. However, the comparisons have gotten older than the jar of peanut butter sitting in my cabinet. In actuality, Hey Monday sound nothing like Paramore. If anything, Hey Monday is much more pop and way more mainstream. To put it bluntly, Decaydance and Columbia have found the new Avril Lavigne in vocalist Cassadee Pope and the band's debut album, Hold on Tight, proves it.

Opener "Set Off" sets off the tone for the album, which is summed up as "infectious as monkeypox." Destined to be all over the airwaves, "How You Love Me Now" follows the opener with its explosive chorus, while first single "Homecoming" shines during its bridge. It's not an exaggeration in the least when I say every song could be a Billboard Hot 100 topper. Each riff hits harder than the one before and the vocals seem to keep getting stronger as each note goes by. However, musically and lyrically, it's far from anything special and certainly nothing to be impressed over. My favorite track off the record, "Hurricane Streets," is as energetic as anything currently taking over radio with hooks that will knock you off your feet. The obligatory ballads ("Candles," "6 Months") sound like something straight off of Lavigne's Under My Skin (you know, the album that went triple platinum?).

While there will be a good amount of people who will absolutely despise Hold on Tight, it's definitely one of the best this year as far as straight up pop goes. It's pretty easy for me to accept an album that may lack the quality of what people think is "good" music and appreciate the fact of how much it brightens my mood. For those who can't accept it, I recommend they stay indoors, because it's only a matter of time until Hey Monday is everywhere.

Recommended If You LikeNew Years Day, We the Kings, Automatic Loveletter

Additional InformationTrack Listing
01) Set Off
02) How You Love Me Now
03) Homecoming
04) Obvious
05) Candles
06) Run, Don't Walk
07) Josey
08) Hurricane Streets
09) Arizona
10) Should've Tried Harder
11) 6 Months
Produced by: S*A*M and Sluggo

Hey Monday is:
Cassadee Pope - Vocals
Mike Gentile - Guitar
Alex Lipshaw - Guitar
Jersey Moriarty - Bass
Elliot James - Drums

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10:21 PM on 09/26/08
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Judging from what songs I listened to on their myspace, I thought they were kind of bland. I'll probably give them another shot. Good review.
10:31 PM on 09/26/08
Prison Strength
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I listened to this band without knowing anything about and they sound like a paramore carbon copy. I certainly don't think that about all female vocalists/bands, but definitely this one.
10:42 PM on 09/26/08
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This band's catchy after the first go-round. But from there...
03:16 AM on 09/27/08
Broden Terry
I'm glad I built myself an igloo
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Good review.
From the songs that I've heard on their myspace, they're actually really good. Candles in particular.
Mixed emotions about buying it when it's released though.
08:29 AM on 09/27/08
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I really want to hear the full album. If it's more pop than rock I'm anxious to hear. I'm a sucker for pop.
08:46 AM on 09/27/08
You'd be good for me
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I agree with Hey Monday sounding like New Years Day, I have to listen to the whole album before I judge them though. We all just have to accept the fact that every scene band with a female lead singer will be compared to Paramore

This band will probably blow up, I can see it already, opening for Fall Out Boy, headlining Warped and their record becomes platinum
10:03 AM on 09/27/08
Keagan Ilvonen
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Can't wait to hear this.
10:21 AM on 09/27/08
Sic Transit Zeb
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I use to think Mindy from Lydia was the hottest in the scene, but this girl has her beat. Damn she's hot....
11:19 AM on 09/27/08
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Don't like this at all. I thinks the singer sounds like Haley but the band as a whole doesn't sound like Paramore.
03:13 PM on 09/27/08
It's In Your Blood...
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I use to think Mindy from Lydia was the hottest in the scene, but this girl has her beat. Damn she's hot....

bingo. my opinion exactly lol. can't wait to hear this album
03:56 PM on 09/27/08
I was born a wise man
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Another boring clone band ... great.
04:50 PM on 09/27/08
You'd be good for me
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Don't like this at all. I thinks the singer sounds like Haley but the band as a whole doesn't sound like Paramore.
04:58 PM on 09/27/08
I was a king under your control
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Spenny's Avatar
Another boring clone band ... great.

I'm really not sure whether you're trying to be funny or serious. heh

But yeah, I'm looking forward to this. I like the songs they have on their MySpace, so I should like this no doubt.
07:28 PM on 09/27/08
poop butts
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this band is trash.

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