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Album Review: Cheerleader’s “On Your Side”

By Andrew Kase


The sheer joy rising from the sound of Cheerleader‘s latest EP, On Your Side, is the epitome of fun. The four-track EP was officially released today and with its consistent blazoning of pop, audiences will soon discover their unapologetic sound to be as infectious as we did.

Title track, “On Your Side,” is nothing short of a crowd-pleaser. As the song begins, you may be fooled into thinking you’re in for a slower track until it changes its course and bursts into an energetic splash of pure indie pop. With their melodic bridge, and easy-flowing words, the song should start gaining traction for the group.

Cheerleader’s second track, “Perfect Vision,” is a bit lighter fare, taking you on a softer passage, but is also highlighted with some catchy hooks. By the time you’re half way through the EP, it’s obvious that the group knows how to instantly grab your attention.

The initial reaction to the Cheerleader’s third track, “Future Stars,” lies in the song’s first five words — “There’s a party this weekend…” — this lively debut unquestionably will cause listeners to want to jump up and down, proving the track’s title to be a prophetic nod to the success that lies ahead for these five young men. “Tomorrow Always Knows” is the last entry on their first EP and is another mix of uber-positive lyrics and consistent rhythm throughout.

While On Your Side is definitely reminiscent of more-seasoned acts such as Nada Surf or earlier releases from Neon Trees, Cheerleader also establishes their own identity and undoubtedly stands out as such. With their original sounds and genre-crossing appeal, they should see be seen as stars in the not too distant future.

Cheerleader hails from Philadelphia and is comprised of Joe Haller, Chris Duran, Paul Impellizeri, Josh Pannepacker and Carl Bahner. They’ve just begun first official tour to promote it On Your Side and will be making a stop at The Mercury Lounge in NYC on October 23, 2014.


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