Cheerleader is an Indie Haze-Pop quintet from Philadelphia that captured our attention when their song A Million Ways popped up on Soundcloud. Their music is just as they describe it: Indie Rock Power Pop.
Joe Haller (vocals) and Chris Duran (guitar) started the band as a duo that emerged from a middle school friendship. They decided they owed it to themselves to give their dream a shot, moved to Philadelphia, released a self produced three song demo in their apartment and gathered more attention than they anticipated. They were faced with a problem: how were they going to reenact their live music with only two members? Which is where John Pannepacker (keyboard), Carl Bahner (drums), and Paul Impellizeri (bass) came in to the picture and so the now five piece Cheerleader was born.
Cheerleader’s A Million Ways falls flawlessly in the indie pop category with the perfect mix of 80s and 90s vibe with a modern twist. With full bodied instrumentals that definitely fill a room, relatable lyrics, and a voice to back it up – this song is no doubt on my summer playlist. A Million Ways tells a story and progresses throughout it’s four minute duration, building up in just the right places making the listener feel like they’re living out the singer’s words. The song has a very sturdy structure and for a band that started off in their parents garage, they know how to make really good music.
The GATRS not only love old timeless classic bands, but also new ones that are a force to be reckoned with. Cheerleader is sure to make it big, so don’t miss out any longer! Their debut album The Sunshine of Your Youth drops on May 19th and you can pre-order it here. Check out their Soundcloud with their older gems and follow them on Facebook & Twitter for future news. They are also on tour with The Wombats as well as their own album tour! Dates, venues and ticket links are listed below.
April 24 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT – Tickets
April 25 – The Met – Pawtucket, RI – Tickets
April 27 – Webster Hall – New York, NY – Tickets
April 28 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Tickets
April 30 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – Tickets
May 1 – The Hollow – Albany, NY – Tickets
May 2 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY – Tickets
May 4 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Tickets
May 5 – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN – Tickets
May 6 – Varsity – Minneapolis, MN – Tickets
May 8 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS – Tickets
May 9 – Bluebird – Denver, CO – Tickets
May 12 – Fonda Theatre – Hollywood, CA – Tickets
May 13 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA – Tickets
May 15 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA – Sold Out
May 16 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA – Tickets
May 18 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – Tickets
May 19 – The Crocodile Seattle – Seattle, WA – Tickets
May 20 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver, BC – Tickets
May 24 – The Federal Bar – North Hollywood, CA – Tickets
May 29 – Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO – Tickets
May 31 – ACM@UCO – Oklahoma City, OK – Tickets
June 4 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO – Tickets
June 19 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE – Tickets
June 26 – Xponential Music Festival – Camden, NJ – Tickets