Aussie outfit Sheppard set to take U.S. by storm with ‘Bombs Away’

Sheppard‘Bombs Away’
Sheppard (Republic)
4 stars out of 5

On the strength of ridiculously catchy international hit single “Geronimo,” Australian indie pop sextet Sheppard’s star is on the rise. They’ve performed on “Ellen,” “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” and “The Today Show” and landed a high-profile supporting slot on Meghan Trainor’s “That Bass” tour. Add to that the American release of their “Bombs Away” full-length debut and it’s a good time to be Sheppard these days.

Sheppard CDInitially a duo comprised of siblings George and Amy Sheppard, the lineup has expanded in recent years to include sister Emma Sheppard and pals Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.

“I was singing in the shower one day,” George recalls. “My sister Amy could hear me through the walls. Consequently, she had to write a song with harmonies for a music course and she asked if I’d sing with her. It was the first time she had ever heard my voice. I never had solid aspirations to be a musician until then.”

The infectious “Geronimo” launches the 12-track, 44-minute set, with Sheppard also impressing on keepers “Let Me Down Easy,” “These People,” “The Best Is Yet to Come,” the R-rated “Find Someone” and “”Flying Away.” Though George handles most of the lead vocals, Amy acquits herself quite well on standouts “A Grade Playa,” “This Electric Feeling” and “Halfway to Hell.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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