SOUND: INDIE POP
"We’re all pretty excited about it," said George Sheppard, when I spoke to him about the LP's release. "It’s been a long time coming for us. It’s been three years in the making, recording tracks whenever we can and being in the studio on and off. We couldn’t possibly do anything else with this album, so we’re all ready."
George may seem to take it all in his stride, but there's a lot of anticipation for 'Bombs Away'. The success of their single 'Geronimo' saw it hold the top position on the ARIA charts for three consecutive weeks, which broke the record for the longest run at number one for an independently distributed Australian artist.
"It blew all of our expectations out of the water, to be honest," George reveals. "I don’t think you can expect any sort of significant success in the music industry, it’s such a tough place to be. It was just one of those songs that seemed to resonate well with people. I guess we all kind of knew that it was a catchy song and we were having a lot of fun with it, and then we started playing it live, and people were sort of requesting it, and asking what it was after the show... that’s always a good sign."
The album launch is just the beginning of a busy month for Sheppard - the sextet are also planning to embark on a national tour. George was quick to outline what fans could expect at one of the band's gigs. "Well, I hope they like to sing, because all of our songs are really catchy and sing-a-long-able, if that’s even a word. [laughs] It’s mainly the fact that [with] six musicians playing the song, it comes out a lot differently than three people recording the songs. There’s a reggae section in 'Let Me Down Easy', we’re going to extend 'Geromino', all sorts of stuff like that. Don’t necessarily expect to hear what’s exactly on the CD."
Sheppard have been one of the biggest Australian bands of 2014 to date.
They had the chance to learn from one of the biggest names in the business, when Sheppard toured the country with Keith Urban. "It was an insane experience," George recalls. "It was a masterclass, to be honest, not only getting to play in front of that many people every night, and figure out how to interact with 20,000 people at a time, but then getting to go off and watch Keith play afterwards. It was truly one of the most incredible learning experiences of my life, and I know I can say that for the rest of the band as well. It was such an amazing and lucky opportunity that we had to do that, so we’re very grateful."
Whatever they're doing, it's working. The band has just signed record deals internationally, and George still takes their skyrocketing success as it comes. "It just doesn’t seem real. We’re just kind of going with it and doing what feels right to us. A lot of it’s intuitive and a lot of it is figuring out day by day what the next best step is, but you’re right, we’re pretty lucky."
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