Posted On 15 Nov 2017
Last night (Tuesday, November 14th), the Australian band Sheppard brought a light-hearted carefree energy that probably hasn’t been on the Sunset Strip for awhile. For about an hour, the pop group entertained the full crowd at the Hollywood venue, Roxy. Called the Edge Of The Night Tour, they are supported by either Romes and Hailey Knox on these set of US dates.
Formed in 2009 in Brisbane, Australia, Sheppard is currently made up of George Sheppard (lead vocals, keyboard, piano), Amy Sheppard (lead vocals, keyboard, harmonica), Michael Butler (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason Bovino (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Emma Sheppard (bass, backing vocals) and Dean Gordon (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Despite just having one full-length studio album called “Bombs Away” under their belt, two summers ago, their was no escaping their hit single “Geronimo” which was heard everywhere. In fact, the track spent three weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5× platinum.
Sheppard opened this LA show with their newest track, “Coming Home.” It is the first taste from their forthcoming sophomore album due out in 2018 via In2une Music/Republic.
When asked about writing the new collection, Sheppard front-man George told Metro.co.uk:“It was interesting for us because we wrote the first album just the three of us. But with the next album we wanted to try something fresh. It was hit and miss for us, it doesn’t always work [with co-writers]. Then you’ll find someone and you click and it’s like they’re a member of the band for the day. We explored a whole bunch of sounds and different ideas. The second album is an evolution of our first album.”
The inspiring and uplifting sentiments of this upbeat new song only continued as the night went on. They went on to perform mostly newer songs, including “Love Me Now,” “Edge Of The Night,” “Choke,” “Live For You,” “Call Me Up,” and several others. During their incredibly catchy favorite “Let Me Down Easy,” the entire crowd began singing along. It was fun to see Sheppard towards the end of their set doing a cover of Stealers Wheel 1972 hit “Stuck In The Middle With You.” Before closing the show with their biggest song to date, “Geronimo,” the group thanked the crowd for coming out to Hollywood on a Tuesday night.
There is no denying that while their new music sounds fresh and new, their signature Sheppard infectious hooks are still heard throughout their songs and that is definitely a good trend to continue.
Upcoming Sheppard Tour Dates:
November 18 @ Curva 4 Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico
November 20 @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
November 21 @ Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
November 22 @ Once Ballroom in Boston, MA
November 24 @ The Foundry at Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
November 25 @ Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA
November 26 @ The Basement in Columbus, OH
November 27 @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
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