Hey Violet is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, consisting of Rena Lovelis (bass/lead vocals), Miranda Miller (rhythm guitar/keyboard/vocals), Nia Lovelis (drums/vocals) and Casey Moreta (lead guitar).
Formed in 2008 as Cherri Bomb while its members were still in middle school, the band was originally all-female, consisting of Miller, the Lovelis sisters and lead singer Julia Pierce. In 2013, Pierce left the band and was later replaced by Moreta. In 2015, the band changed their name to Hey Violet, and later on signed to Hi or Hey Records.
2008–2013: Cherri Bomb and Julia Pierce's departure
Cherri Bomb consisted of Julia Pierce, who was the lead guitarist and vocalist, alongside Nia Lovelis, Miranda Miller and Rena Lovelis. The name Cherri Bomb originated from the book Cherry Bomb – The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star by Carrie Borzillo. On June 14, 2011, they signed to Hollywood Records, and on October 18, 2011, they released their debut EP, Stark.
The band were opening acts for rock bands, including Bush, Camp Freddy, Filter, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Staind and Steel Panther. They have also played European festivals, including Oxegen in Ireland (the youngest act to appear), T in the Park in Scotland, Sonisphere and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
The band released their debut studio album, This Is the End of Control, on May 15, 2012, which charted on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums at number 24 and Top Heatseekers at number 11. They appeared on the Warped Tour in July–August 2012.
On January 23, 2013, Cherri Bomb announced on their Facebook page that they had parted ways with Pierce. When asked the reasoning behind Pierce's departure, Miller commented on her Tumblr that it was due to "creative differences", and that "we went our separate ways because we wanted to go in one direction and she wanted to go in another".
Guitarist Casey Moreta joined the band that year on a temporary basis. On March 9, 2013, Moreta was asked to join the band permanently while performing on stage at the Viper Room.
2015–present: Hey Violet
On February 18, 2015, the band announced on their official YouTube channel that they had changed their name to Hey Violet. On the March 19, they released their new single "This Is Why". On March 24, it was confirmed that they would be signed to Hi or Hey Records, 5 Seconds of Summer's partnership of Capitol Records. On June 15, Hey Violet announced that they would be releasing their first EP I Can Feel It in July. The band were the opening support act for 5 Seconds of Summer on the European & North American legs of their Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour. They continued to open for 5SOS on the North American leg of their 2016 Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour. In both the European and USA/Canadian legs of the tour, they played free acoustic sets outside the show venues for fans.
- This Is the End of Control (2012) (as Cherri Bomb)
- Stark (2011) (as Cherri Bomb)
- I Can Feel It (July 17, 2015)