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A little over six years passed in between my last two interviews with the band All Time Low. During that stretch, I did run-in to the guys a couple of times. During a 2014 trip to Baltimore, the band’s hometown, for Derek Jeter’s last game at Camden Yards I ended up at the same bar as lead singer Alex Gaskarth. Talk about a small world: Gaskarth played a DJ set at that same venue the previous night. I was there the next day, Sunday, because it also served as Baltimore’s designated Buffalo Bills Backers Bar.

The place is owned by Alex’s bandmate Jack Barakat.

Then this past February while in Los Angeles for The GRAMMYs, I saw singer Cassadee Pope and her boyfriend, ATL drummer Rian Dawson outside of Microsoft Theater. They were chatting with friends and I was filming vignettes with Westwood One, so I just stopped briefly to say hello.

Of course, what I didn’t see was the engagement ring on Pope’s hand. Dawson popped the question that day. However a few weeks ago, the pending nuptials were reportedly called off.

Many things besides relationship statuses can change in six years. During the span in between our sit-downs, the Baltimore quartet added four studio albums to their discography and changed record labels twice. They switched up the band’s sound as well, although Gaskarth insists that the new sound has nothing to do with All Time Low’s new home at Fueled By Ramen.

“I think the change in direction of music was something that was already happening within the band,” the front man explained. “We knew we wanted to try some new things and go in some different directions on the album.”

With All Time Low’s previous deal at Hopeless Records up, the guys felt that signing with Fueled By Ramen made the most sense.

“Fueled By is rad, they always have been,” Gaskarth continued. “I love their roster now and I love what they do.

“I think the biggest part of us switching (to FBR) was that we sort of had the idea in mind that we kind of wanted to try some new things with our music, and (FBR) was all about it.”

Fueled By Ramen most notably housed Fall Out Boy and still counts Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Twenty One Pilots and Young The Giant as a part of its roster.

“Fall Out Boy served as inspiration for us when we were younger,” Gaskarth noted. “Panic!, we kind of came up around the same time; obviously different trajectory and different path but (Brendon Urie) has been at it just as long as we have and works just as hard, if not harder than we do.”

For the three aforementioned groups, it is kind of fun to pause-and-reflect on both their longevity and evolution: FOB still headlines arenas, Panic! was nominated for a GRAMMY last year and All Time Low is charting a single at Adult Contemporary radio. Of course there have also been other acts that have come and gone not just from the label, but the scene; something ATL is cognizant of.

“Yunno, we’ve seen a lot of our friends’ bands and other bands fade out, and it’s amazing to sort of be in the other category of still being able to do it.”

And if All Time Low continues in that category for six more years, the band can celebrate a 20th anniversary.

In an interview almost a year ago on “The Ralphie Show,” Adam Levine made it clear that when it came to the music industry, he was a fan of second chances.

“If I had to choose between something to watch, it would be the person that had been knocked down a couple times, where you’d want to see, ‘Oh my God, is this person going to finally do it?’” “The Voice” coach responded after I asked him about Cassadee Pope, the former Hey Monday lead singer who was shooting for higher stars after a first attempt under Columbia Records. “If it’s someone’s first chance, sorry kid, yunno, tough call. Who cares? You’re going to have ten more.”

Pope was happy enough just to receive that second opportunity, and was also pleased to hear Levine’s comments.

“I got a lot of comments when I was on the show about how I already had my chance; I should not be doing a show like that, I already had some success,” the season three winner recalled during an interview with “The Ralphie Show” that aired Thursday. “Hearing him say that means a lot because I felt like I had been through the grind. I had worked really hard, and it didn’t work out, and this was finally a chance to really knock it out of the park.”

In the process, Pope would transform from a pop-rock princess that played rough with the boys on stage to a solo, country artist who felt comfortable performing in front of teenagers and senior citizens alike.

“The only thing that has really stayed the same are my friendships, and my relationship, and my family; we’re still very close,” Pope remarked. She has dated All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson since her days as the front woman for Hey Monday. “But, everything (else) is different.”

Pope was down in the dumps after leaving her band. She packed up and moved to Los Angeles, where a not-so-successful solo EP and acoustic tour would await her. Teaching vocal lessons for extra cash, Pope received a call one day from her former manager. “The Voice” wanted her to sing in a private audition. She shunned the opportunity for season two but then agreed the next time around. As a member of “Team Blake,” Pope became the early favorite to take home the show’s top prize.

Pope’s debut album, Frame By Frame, comes out October 8.

The leaves aren’t the only thing changing this time of year for the band Hey Monday. The group wrapped a summer-long trek on Warped Tour, and then amicably parted ways with bassist Jersey Moriarty. The band’s latest effort, Beneath It All, made it to iTunes, but in a shortened EP form as opposed to a previously planned LP.

Still, the Florida-based pop rock band pushes forward, with the single “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and a tour that kicks off next month with fellow pop-rockers Cartel.

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Oh, and a new, albeit temporary, bassist in Mike Gentile’s brother, Chris. Lead singer Cassadee Pope tells “The Ralphie Radio Show” that the search for a permanent replacement will kick in to full force after the tour.

“We’re going to probably keep looking around, it’s not a priority right now,” Pope said. “But, we’re going to keep our eyes open. We’ll probably hold auditions at some point but we’re probably going to keep it within’ the people that we know in the industry so it doesn’t get too out of hand.”

Don’t look for a Craigslist posting in the near future either – Pope joked that “nothing good” could come from a search on the online classifieds website.

Hey Monday begins its fall, headlining tour on October 20.

Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope says the band’s forthcoming LP is about two years in the making – as that’s when she started penning tracks for it.

“I had a ton of songs all ready, to go in the studio,” she said aboard Hey Monday’s bus during a sit down with “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “We took the time off between the ‘Glamour Kills’ tour and the AP tour to go in and record the album, which was about a month and a half.”

Pope noted that the recording of Beneath It All went rather quickly because the band entered the studio prepared. Entering armed with some pretty big names never hurts either.

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Check out some of the new tracks now at Hey Monday’s official site.


Butch Walker was the first person the front woman named when I inquired about who she co-wrote songs with. Walker is behind a many pop hits, and co-penned Hey Monday’s “How You Love Me Now”, a single from the band’s debut Hold on Tight. But unlike the first go-around, Pope actually wrote with Walker in person, opposed to over the Internet. Other collaborators include Vertical Horizon’s Matt Scannell, the duo S*A*M & SLUGGO (Sam Hollander and Dave Katz), and The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman.

Guitarist Mike Gentile revealed Hey Monday is currently planning a fall tour, amidst much promo for the new album, and may even find some unlikely time off in the process.

Hey Monday stopped by The RRS to chat and perform a couple of tracks acoustically, including the group’s new single, “How You Love Me Now” – off of the LP – Hold On Tight.

Part 1: Cassadee’s “Tree” Story, Hey Monday’s VMA Plans


Part 2: The Wingman joins Hey Monday on-air

Working with big name songwriters and producers can have both pros and cons. This came to light in the recent feud between Kelly Clarkson and her record label over releasing the track, “Already Gone” to radio stations. Clarkson felt the song sounded too similar to Beyonce’s “Halo.” OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder wrote and produced both.

Butch Walker is behind many tracks from quite a few big name artists – from Avril Lavigne to Simple Plan, Katy Perry to Pink. Walker’s latest production is the song, “How You Love Me Now.” It’s a single from Hold On Tight, the debut LP of Hey Monday, a pop-rock group fronted by Cassadee Pope. The lead singer insists she wasn’t worried about the final collaboration with Walker sounding too similar to his other pieces of work.

“That’s always a risk,” admitted Pope. “But if you stay true to what your sound is and everything, and if it clicks with that other person, it’s usually just what you want.”

Pope called in to The Ralphie Radio Show on Tuesday to chat about a plethora of topics – including the new single, which Cassadee describes as “prideful.”

“It’s just about getting your heart broken and then that person wanting you back, but they also have someone else on the side,” Pope explained. “And you just kinda tell them that that’s not gonna happen.”

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Hey Monday’s debut LP also spawned the track, “Homecoming” which Pete Wentz featured on his CitizensFOB mix-tape last fall. The pop rockers are signed to Wentz’s Decaydence label. The association with the Fall Out Boy bassist carries many perks – Hey Monday supported Fall Out Boy on the band’s “Believer’s Never Die Tour Part Deux” last spring. Pope and Wentz also cameo together in Degrassi: The Next Generation TV Movie. In case you’re wondering, the lead singer did not meet actor and Young Money emcee Aubrey “Drake” Graham – he does not appear in the film.

Currently Hey Monday is playing a set of acoustic shows at Hot Topic stores across the country. Pope admitted, the idea to shop before or after performing at the malls is tempting.

“I kinda splurged the first few days, but I’m being good now,” said Pope. “I kinda had an episode in Forever 21. I bought a lot of shirts and, I think I bought a skirt too. I packed light for this tour because I knew I’d be shopping.”

This fall, Hey Monday will tour to support We The Kings and All Time Low.