Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope
Indy: Hey Monday's debut album, Hold on Tight, only came out in October and now you're headlining your first tour. How do you feel about your growth as a live band?
CP: I think a lot of the people that had seen us before and seen us a second time or a third time, they could see our progress ... All of us can agree that we definitely have a feel for what each other will do onstage and what to look out for and what each other is comfortable with. So it's definitely really, really comfortable on stage now.
Indy: You have said that in making Hold on Tight, your producers, Sam Hollander and Dave Katz [known as S*A*M & Sluggo] played a major role helping you learn new ways to write songs, build full-band arrangements for the songs, and record the songs. How was the experience of working with them?
CP: Like really, honestly, we went to the studio and we didn't really know what the album was going to sound like. We knew the direction we wanted to go in and we had some material. ... We went in there and pretty much learned so much about the writing process and the recording process. Sam and Dave kind of brought something out of us that we didn't really know was there. It's just like they took us to a different level.
Indy: Your demo caught the attention of both Columbia Records and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, who has his label, Decaydance Records. The two labels ended up partnering in signing Hey Monday. What caught their attention in your demo?
CP: What people told us at the time, they said they liked us because it's like a sunnier side of a female-fronted band. Most of the time when you see female-fronted bands, they kind of just go with an edgier, rockier vibe, and we're pop.
— Alan Sculley
At Denver's Bluebird Theater, June 20.