As far as we know, a star maker didn't have anything to do with the formation of Hey Monday. But the West Palm Beach group's members seem to have been as carefully cast for their roles as the telegenic types who made up two of Florida's prepackaged '90s-era exports, 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. Lead guitarist Mike Gentile's name perfectly describes the band's target demographic, while fellow players Michael "Jersey" Moriarty, Alex Lipshaw, and Elliot James offer the sort of anonymous support designed not to overshadow lead singer Cassadee Pope, whose adorableness merges Disney Channel accessibility with the big pipes and hair-dying sass of Hayley Williams. MICHAEL ROBERTS
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