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Sheppard prepare to release new album

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

It was hard to escape Sheppard's song Geronimo when it was first released.

The song held the number one spot for three weeks on the ARIA singles charts and was certified 5 times platinum in Australia to become the highest selling single by an Australian artist in Australia in 2014.

It was a staple on the Brisbane band's ensuing tour of the US, but after some time relentlessly touring, they needed a break from it and from the road.

"It's one of those songs that I think is going to be with us for the rest of our lives, but it was getting to the point where we were thinking 'OK, let's go write some new music, some other songs people can know us for'," George Sheppard told AAP.

Along with his sisters Amy and Emma, and fellow band mates Michael Butler, Jason Bovino and Dean Gordon, they released their first album Bombs Away and went on a wild ride, including supporting Grammy Award winning artist Meghan Trainor on her US tour.

"It's relentless, when the train's moving there's no getting off," George said.

Over the past year, the group has taken time out to hang out with their family, go to the beach and also get a new album ready.

"We're all in that mode again. We've had our holidays and our fun, we want to get back to work," George said.

In fact, the band's second album is almost ready to go and a tour is being planned for early next year.

"We're stoked it's been a year of blood, sweat and tears and we've got something we're really proud of. We can't wait to get it out there," he said.

The first single, We Belong, is an upbeat pop song which carries the same energy from the group's first album, but there are likely to be a few surprises on the rest of the record.

"It's very much a pop album but like Bombs Away it's got different styles peppered in there," he said.

"There's one or two songs that are a bit surprising and will perk everybody's ears up. It's a bit rockier, I guess."

The band brought in some new collaborators on the album including New Zealand duo Gladius and Big Taste who co-wrote and produced the track Company on Justin Bieber's album Purpose.

"They have some really interesting production techniques that they've brought to the team. It's all sounding really crisp and interesting," he said.

About 50 per cent of the album, though, was produced by Bombs Away producer Stuart Stuart so the band have hung on to their core sound.

All that's left now is to release it.

"We'll probably release it at the end of January, early February, some time around there," George said.

"There's no exact date yet but we feel like we're coming out into the sunshine again."

*We Belong is out now

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