Sheppard wield pop music like a weapon, and on Watching The Sky it hits like a smart bomb. There’s the exhilarating, vertiginous ‘Castaways’; the thumping, guitar-driven ‘Choke’; the sheer climactic propulsion of ‘Riding The Wave’, which begs for a festival crowd to sing along with.
But there’s something deeper here too. George, Amy, Jay, Emma, drummer Dean Gordon and guitarist Michael Butler are all four years older and the album taps into more mature themes of love, fear, escapism and growth; of overcoming adversity through patience and acceptance. “It speaks to anybody who has ever been brave enough to put themselves out there and go for it,”George says. “Especially if they failed miserably.”