Having debuted just this fall, the Cheerleader’s are off to a powerful start with their new EP, “On Your Side.”
Cheerleader is an Indie/Power-Pop collaboration out of Philadelphia, Pa. featuring a five-man gathering, two plus the original trio. The group got its start through the late-2000s from a three-piece demo and hard work across various distances. Their story is the dream of several sparking to life from the momentum of their recent EP release and the decision to start touring around the USA.
The “On Your Side” EP is a different sort of life that seems to draw its essence from overpowered instrumentals to match up with the pop portion. This shows equal strength and a balance between the four songs with an occasional spilling of energy placed into the selections. The title track definitely exhibits the more instrumental side while also giving the listener an almost instinctual notion of head-nodding.
Where “On Your Side” was a moderate start to the EP, “Perfect Vision” is where the power-pop really starts to unveil itself with tremendous results. The vocals take a more relaxed approach and a slower tempo as well, chilling down the mood while keeping the flow from the first track. The gentle jingle in pairing with the guitar riffs definitely helps in this, making for a dream-like state of mind.
“Future Stars” is by far the most outlandish out of the quartet of tracks. The vocal track is almost a shouting visage giving a slight reminder of the B-52’s in the pauses given. The pop hits a high-note here as well, jolting the listener to take instant notice. The flow is kind of interrupted here from the previous two tracks, which could be a good or bad thing depending on the expectations. Yet, in essence this is something to be desired when starting out as well. Grabbing the listener’s attention mid-CD makes sense rather than my original thought of putting the song at the end.
Finishing out the short stack, “Tomorrow Always Knows” in title and in vibe reestablishes the previous song’s momentum and heightens the tempo, giving a strong ending to what is a curiously wonderful set. The first track can be comparable to this one in terms of structure and establishment, which I feel could always be used.
As a whole, Cheerleader’s first outing is a good one with a strong foundation of tracks, though a bit different from the status quo. The dream/power-pop sensations are excellent ones, and the surprise track “Future Stars” is felt in the midst of it all. This EP does everything I think an artist or band’s initial entrance should, thus this band will be something to keep a watch over in the future as well as present.
Cheerleader’s “On Your Side” EP was released on October 7. Be sure to listen to it on Spotify and iTunes.