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Bombs Away – Sheppard Takes On America


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Sheppard – Bombs Away Album Review

While this talented Australian sextet managed to break through the American music scene with their energetic hit “Geronimo,” they were making a smashing impact on the music scene back home in Australia with the album that just hit the streets on our shores.

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When I reviewed their EP last year, I closed with “Bombs away,” a nod to their fantastic hit “Geronimo;” apparently, the six talented musicians in Sheppard were thinking similarly. The new album, titled Bombs Away, features the aforementioned hit, as well as a diverse selection of tracks that lean a bit more to pop than they do to rock. In either case, it’s good stuff, and is destined to become a summer staple here in the States.

The album closes with “Flying Away,” another track also included on the EP. It’s a well-produced journey that’s an absolute blast to listen to. Boy/Girl vocals, pristine harmonies and a plethora of masterfully interspersed musical parts – it’s good stuff, and a nice glimpse into the music that fills the remainder of the album bookended by these two hits.

Throughout the twelve offerings, we hear pop-infused indie rock that’s absolutely pleasing to the ears. “Let Me Down Easy” and Something Missing” are foot-tapping ditties laced with masterful harmonies and “A Grade Playa” is an interesting mix of distortion and tropical beats, while on the other end of the spectrum there’s “Halfway To Hell.” It’s unlike anything else on the album, but captivating and entertaining in it’s own, gritty, Cajun Rock way.

In general, I find the songs on the album that feature male vocals a bit more to my rock-oriented liking, but assume the female vocals on about half the tracks will appeal to folks more predisposed for pop. In any event, there are plenty of offerings for any fans of pop rock.

Check it out on iTunes above, and let me know your thoughts. This one will be filling the US airwaves this summer, just as did Down Under last summer.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Sheppard EP Review

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Sheppard – Geronimo EP Review

Riding a huge wave of success fresh on the heels of their smashing breakthrough hit single, “Geronimo” I was intrigued by this fresh six-piece Brisbane, Australia band.

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As the catchy lyrics bounced around in my head, I had an instant thirst to hear more. Were they a one-hit wonder, or rather an artist that truly deserved a spot on our new music radar?

It didn’t take long to get my answer. This band has “it” and we are going to be listening as their sumptuous pop rock dominates the alternative rock airwaves for years to come. If you’re not nodding your head, tapping your feet and smiling incessantly when listening to this band, you just don’t have a pulse, because the Geronimo EP is absolutely filled with poppy, cheerful indie-pop rock that’s a blast to listen to.  And, let me be clear, this is not toss-away bubble-gum rock, this band has plenty of artistic talent.

In Australia, they are dominating the charts, but in the US, most of us have only heard “Geronimo,” the title track from this EP. It’s an addictive rocker that is all over the radio. Tribal beats, soaring synths, clever guitar riffs, powerful vocals and dreamy boy/girl harmonies. It’s probably the best effort on the EP, but all of the other tracks are compelling in their own way, as well.

“Flying Away” is a fun rocker, with the best vocals on the EP. Powered by great keys and hard-driving drums, it’s got a bit of a harder edge at times, but at its essence is another catchy pop rock hit-in-the-waiting. Next, we hear a more tender offering, “Smile,” a bouncy pop tune with purely Australian female vocals. I absolutely guarantee that this intoxicating tune finds it’s way onto American commercials in short time.

The EP closes with a more diverse offering. “Something Missing” is performed at a lower key, but is just as captivating. Acoustic guitars dominate, and the song features a slick surf guitar feel. It brought back pleasant memories of RARA’s Farm favorite’s The Mowgli’s and Cayucas. Good, good stuff!

It’s excellent pop-rock, if you’re one of our fans more into heavy rock, you probably won’t love the EP, but fans of Indie rock and Alt rock need to get Sheppard on their radar. After sampling the music, I’m anxiously awaiting a full-length from this band, and am quite curious to see how this fun invigorating music translates live on stage. In the meantime, I’ll be wearing these four tracks out, and suggest you grab them below, and do the same.

Bombs away…

Rock On!
Cretin

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