Featuring a buoyant mix of strong harmonies and catchy, uptempo pop, Sheppard are an indie pop group started by siblings Amy and George Sheppard. Their first album, 2014′s Bombs Away!, went to number two in their native Australia.
Formed in Brisbane as a duo in 2009 by the two singers, Sheppard slowly expanded to include their sister Emma Sheppard on bass, along with friends Jay Bovino (vocals, guitar), Michael Butler (guitar), and Dean Gordon (drums). George plays keyboards for the group. They released their self-titled debut EP in August 2012 and quickly expanded the project’s touring horizons, playing festivals in America, South Africa, and the U.K.
By mid-2013, the Sheppard EP had peaked at number 18 on the Australian album chart, and they had been nominated for an ARIA music award. In February 2014, Sheppard 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, the band signed with Decca Records internationally, yet remained independent in their home country. Released in July 2014, their first long-player, Bombs Away!, was a major success, reaching number two in Australia before getting its worldwide release a few months later.
The lead single off their sophomore album, “We Belong,” appeared in late 2016 and was followed the next March 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.” They landed back in the Top 30 of the singles chart with the next year’s “Die Young” and 2020′s “Symphony” before issuing their third studio album, Kaleidoscope Eyes, in early 2021. ~ Timothy Monger