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EDITORS’ NOTES

Just months after the eye-opening success of their chart-topping splash, “Geronimo,” Sheppard unveil Bombs Away, a full-length debut that follows on the promise of that breakthrough single. The Brisbane outfit—led by siblings George and Amy Sheppard—have crafted a collection of folk-pop anthems that is at once effervescent and diverse. “Let Me Down Easy” is an infectious, impossibly bouncy tune whose vocal harmonies are as plush as the synth beds that line the album's electro-pop high point, “A Grade Playa.” And like the martial pulse that drives “Geronimo,” Sheppard are at their strongest when they’re surging forward—as they are on “The Best Is yet to Come,” a second-half standout that opens with a beautiful, fingerpicked melody and blooms into something far grander. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just months after the eye-opening success of their chart-topping splash, “Geronimo,” Sheppard unveil Bombs Away, a full-length debut that follows on the promise of that breakthrough single. The Brisbane outfit—led by siblings George and Amy Sheppard—have crafted a collection of folk-pop anthems that is at once effervescent and diverse. “Let Me Down Easy” is an infectious, impossibly bouncy tune whose vocal harmonies are as plush as the synth beds that line the album's electro-pop high point, “A Grade Playa.” And like the martial pulse that drives “Geronimo,” Sheppard are at their strongest when they’re surging forward—as they are on “The Best Is yet to Come,” a second-half standout that opens with a beautiful, fingerpicked melody and blooms into something far grander. 

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About Sheppard

Sheppard are a six-piece indie pop group from Brisbane, Australia. Formed as a duo in 2009 by siblings Amy (vocals) and George Sheppard (vocals/keys), the group slowly expanded to include their sister Emma Sheppard on bass, along with friends Jay Bovino (vocals, guitar), Michael Butler (guitar), and Dean Gordon (drums). Featuring a buoyant mix of strong harmonies and catchy, uptempo pop, the band released its self-titled debut EP in August 2012 and quickly expanded its touring horizons, playing festivals in America, South Africa, and the U.K.

By the following summer, their EP had peaked at number 18 on the Australian charts and they had been nominated for an ARIA music award. In February 2014 they issued the single "Geronimo," which shot to number one at home while also gaining traction in Europe and beyond. Prior to recording their first album, Sheppard signed with Decca Records internationally, yet remained independent in their home country. Released in July 2014, their debut LP, Bombs Away!, was a major success, reaching number two on the Australian charts before getting a worldwide release a few months later. The single "Geronimo" charted across Western Europe as well as in the U.S. and Canada, and hit number one in Australia.

The first single off their sophomore album, "We Belong," appeared in late 2016 and was followed the next spring by "Keep Me Crazy," which returned them to the Australian Top 40. Finally, in 2018, they delivered the full-length Watching the Sky, which also featured the Australian chart-topping, gold-certified single "Coming Home." ~ Timothy Monger

ORIGIN
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
GENRE
Pop
FORMED
2009

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