FOUR years ago, Geronimo catapulted Brisbane band Sheppard on to the world stage.
It was the second single from their debut album Bombs Away, spending three weeks at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and going platinum five times.
Vocalist Amy Sheppard said the success of the single took them around the world with about two years of touring.
Now the indie pop sextet is back with follow-up album Watching The Sky and its first full Australian tour since 2014.
“We’re really excited –it’s well overdue,” Sheppard said.
“We’re looking at the dates and there’s about 35 to 36 and growing every day.
“It’s going to be a huge tour over two months.”
Though Sheppard said it was a big undertaking, with promoters billing it as “the biggest tour of their career”, she said it would be nice to be at home.
“It’s been a long time coming and we owe it to Australia for all the support over the years and in particular for this album.
“They really, really got behind us and the album went to number one on the ARIA charts in its debut week so this is our way of saying thank you.
“Often you just read or just pay attention to the negative comments, which can be quite disheartening, but when something like this happens you realise people do like your music.”
The band will also be thanking its fans in person with meet-and-greets after each show.
“We’re going to organise a signing table and be signing T-shirts and merch and saying ‘hi’ to fans,” Sheppard said.
“It’s a great way to meet your fans and you get to see the regulars that come back time and time again.
“I guess that’s how we build our community.
“I really feel we have a bit of a Sheppard community and we see that online, so to meet people face-to-face and to a face to the Instagram account is always a really great part of our job.”
What: Watching The Sky Across Australia
When: August 24
Where: Metropolis Fremantle