Sheppard Don’t Mind Playing ‘Geronimo’ 700,000 Times If It Means You Hear Them

“Can you feel it?”

So it begins, almost a declaration rather than a question, like a storm rising from the west, sounding a little bit like Mumford & Sons—but wait, aren’t they on hiatus?—as it careens toward you.

It’s “Geronimo,” the first internationally reaching single from Australian indie pop act Sheppard, and it’s come to take over the world.

That’s not to say “Geronimo” is all that the six-piece is and ever will be, but it’s a heck of a good start. Released in February 2014, the song conquered Australia, then set its sights on the rest of the world, going top 10 in multiple countries, including much of Europe. Next up: America, where the song is already getting spins on KROQ and just broke into the Billboard Hot 100.

And that’s not bad for a song that just sort of happened by accident.

According to George Sheppard, frontman and one of three songwriters of the band (as well as one of three Sheppards; his sisters Amy and Emma also populate the group), “Geronimo” started as a spontaneous idea just moments before a gig, courtesy of guitarist Jason Bovino.

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