XPNFest recap: Cheerleader fills the Marina Stage with lustrous indie pop

Cheerleader | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

The sweet indie pop of Philadelphia’s own Cheerleader helped kick off day three of XPN Fest. The five-piece band complimented the sunny afternoon perfectly, with shimmering guitars and catchy keyboard melodies.

Their debut record, Sunshine of Your Youth, helped them gain momentum quickly this year and carried them to places far from Philly. They’ve been featured at numerous festivals, including CMJ, The Great Escape, and SXSW. Their album release was supported by a nationwide tour with The Wombats.

Vocalist / guitarist Joe Haller led the band through songs off Sunshine, including “On Your Side”, “Perfect Vision”, and the title track. Haller’s voice could easily rival the Silversun Pickups, and together with guitarist Chris Duran, the guitar-driven rock is reminiscent of classic alternative rock acts like The Sundays and more recent bands like Real Estate.

Check out the setlist, photos and audio archive below, and don’t miss our final day of XPN Fest coverage!

Do What You Want
Million Ways
Perfect Vision
On Your Side
Waiting, Waiting
The Sunshine of Your Youth

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