Paste is premiering Cheerleader’s latest track “A Million Ways” today. Paste praises the video, which features footage of the band’s performance at the 2015 Firefly Music Festival, saying “A Million Ways”…is a perfect low-key summer pop song. It is, at times, both saccharine and honest, with just the slightest tinge of nostalgia, and the video follows suit.” The song is off the band’s debut LP The Sunshine of Your Youth, which is out now via Bright Antenna Records.

Cheerleader continues to receive critical praise:

“I might've originally been hooked by the stuff on the surface, but once I tune out to this Philly five-piece's brand of glimmery haze-pop, I'm sold” —NYLON

Dream-rock guitar riffs…sugary-sweet melodies...”—SPIN

“Straight up power pop.” —KCRW

“Lovely hazy sunny vibes.”—BBC

“The band has a very distinct aesthetic, a wall of sound indebted to early ’90s shoegaze but sugar-coated in ’80s synthesizers…an artist to watch.” —CMJ

The title track from the album recently reached #1 on the Alternative Specialty Radio chart. In addition, remixes of the song recently premiered at Vice’s Noisey and Earmilk. Watch the official video here:

The Sunshine of Your Youth was recorded at East/West Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Mark Needham, who took an interest in the band at one of their first live shows. Some of the early demo tracks ended up in the final recording, allowing the record to retain the intimacy of its beginnings as a lo-fi bedroom project. Despite the cheery band name, album title and anthemic choruses, The Sunshine of Your Youth is a reaction to harder times. Cheerleader’s Joe Haller explains, “We actually wrote these songs at a time in our lives when we were dealing with some heavy personal stuff. It’s there if you really want to listen for it, but for us, the title is more about a state of mind than a particular time in your life…how no matter what’s going on, life can be full of wonder and beauty, as long as you’re open to these things.” 

Cheerleader is Haller, Chris Duran, Josh Pannepacker, Carl Bahner and Paul Impellizeri. Haller and Duran’s musical partnership was born in Duran’s parents’ basement, sparking a connection that survived the 2000s and colleges in separate states. After garnering critical attention from the likes of NME for their self-produced and recorded three-song demo, the duo grew into its current incarnation as a five-piece based in Philadelphia.

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1. New Daze
2. The Sunshine of Your Youth
3. On Your Side
4. Do What You Want
5. Perfect Vision
6. Haunted Love
7. A Million Ways
8. Dreamer
9. The Quiet Life
10. Little Bird


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