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Sheppard songwriter goes it alone

AAP logoAAP 1/08/2016 Danielle McGrane

While Sheppard prepare their highly anticipated second album, band member Jay Bovino just couldn't help but release new music.

After a whirlwind five years of touring off the back of their debut album Bombs Away, featuring massive global hit Geronimo, the Brisbane band have taken some time out at home to put the finishing touches to album number two.

But prolific songwriter Bovino is not resting on his laurels and has released solo track Get You Alone featuring singer Sahara Beck.

It's not a complete breakaway a la Zayn Malik and One Direction, Bovino is still very much a part of the band.

"We had a day off while on tour in Mexico City last year and I just started working on a track. Any days off we have I'll usually just work on music," Bovino told AAP.

The song has been performing well since its release but Bovino said he has no intention of leaving the band.

"I've been doing Sheppard five years non-stop and this was our first break that we had and they were really supportive and understood that I just wanted to make some music of my own in that time, just for my own well being," he said.

"It's just a passion project I'm very much still in Sheppard."

The song has an electro-pop feel similar to Justin Bieber's last album, Purpose, in contrast with Sheppard's alternative, band-led pop.

"When it started it was very much not Sheppard in terms of production. If it's a lot more electronic, or if I hear the possibility for it being heavy on electronics, I'll probably keep it for my solo stuff," the songwriter said.

The band are currently enjoying some downtime at home in Brisbane, giving them time to catch up with friends and family and also work on new music.

"We're in the middle of recording our second album now and it's moving along really fast. We already have a massive selection of songs to choose from," he said.

"I think we might have a single out by October."

*Get You Alone is out now

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