Before we turn the page to 2015, we wanted to take just a moment to thank you all for the best year of Cheerleader yet. This was the most insane, jam-packed 12 months we’ve ever had, and it’s all thanks to the tremendous support we’ve had from all our families, friends, and fans. We kicked off the year with a recording trip to LA with some amazingly talented individuals. What came from it is something that we’ll always cherish, and we can’t wait to share with the rest of you in 2015! From there it was off to SXSW, where we gorged on Tex-Mex and new bands – a winning combination if ever there was one.
After a week of vodka tonics and every meal in burrito form it was off to the UK. We’ll skip the British food, but wow, talk about a crowd. We played some of the most fun shows we played all year over there, including one festival date opening for Charli XCX, which seems pretty weird and amazing in hindsight. We also shared a stage with the Hold Steady for a few dates and they delivered a truly inspiring set every night.
This fall saw the release of our debut EP, On Your Side, and our first proper US tour opening for the most excellent Colony House and Knox Hamilton. Everyone was super-cool and really nice, and we got to stay at some pretty rad places. Lessons learned on the road: bring a big stuffed animal in lieu of a pillow, rest stop pushups help maintain rock hard bods, and Nyquil is an elixir of the gods.
Finally, we capped off the year with a local show at Johnny Brenda’s with our friends in Louds and Dream Safari. Thank you all for making that such a special night. We’ll do it again real soon.
This past year will be tough to top, no doubt. But fortunately, we’ve got a good head start on 2015. You can expect a few exciting announcements in the coming weeks, but until then, we’ll gladly raise a glass to 2014 and to all of you.
Chris & Cheerleader