By Dan Sweeney
Back in the summer of 2009, I went to Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room to catch the MySpace Let's Make a Mess Tour. I was writing a column on the sexiest local band for a now-defunct weekly publication's Sex Issue, and going with the assumption that a sexy local band must emanate sexiness to both male and female fans. So I sought out bands that featured male and female members. Which is what brought me to this show, because among the several emo-cribbing indie-pop acts on the bill was Hey Monday.
The pop-punk group had "Band of the Moment" status back then, and so despite the fact that the audience consisted almost entirely of teenage girls and a few of their moms, it was a must-do for the Sex Issue, because this pop-punk band was fronted by a then-19-year-old singer named Cassadee Pope.