Chris Duran and Joe Haller first formed Cheerleader in Duran’s parents’ basement in the mid-2000s. Though attending college in separate states briefly halted the their progress, the duo kept active whenever possible, often rehearsing during holidays and school breaks. After gradating, Duran and Haller turned their little power pop outfit a full-time job, recording a series of EPs and demos that garnered some buzz.
More recently, Haller and Duran recruited Josh Pannepacker, Carl Bahner, and Paul Impelllizeri to round out the lineup and hit the road for a series of tour dates. Now, Cheerleader is set to to release their inaugural effort as a five-piece with the On Your Side EP, due out October 7th via Bright Antenna Records.
The title track is a triumphant love song built off of pop radio hooks and grounded by indie rock bravado. Opening on an bright acoustic guitar, the band slowly adds layers of shimmering guitars and synthesizer flourishes to give color to the track. The optimism reaches its climax with the gushing and inspirational chorus, “I’ve been on your side all this time.” It’s an infectious anthem wrought with reminders of all the enthusiastic disposition that comes with young love.
Listen in below.
For more from On Your Side, check out “Perfect Vision”.
On Your Side EP Tracklist:
01. On Your Side
02. Perfect Vision
03. Future Stars
04. Tomorrow Always Knows