Yes, this one starts a bit Mumford/Passenger-esque with its strumming guitars and thumping percussion.
But this is not a track to be easily dismissed. Far from a twee piece of folk, this soon develops into pure pop joy. The guitars soar into Temper Trap style noodling. The vocals build into a gospel sing-along. The hooks come thick and fast in the chorus. And you’ll be hard-pressed to get the “bombs away” female vocal out of your head within seconds (incidentally that's the name of their debut album due later this year). This is pop at its best: infectiously rhythmic and uplifting, with memorable melodies and a sense of immediacy that begs for mainstream radio appeal. It’s hugely addictive.
Geronimo has proven to be a massive hit in Sheppard’s native Australia (I mean, it knocked Pharrell’s Happy off the top spot after all) and, with a wealth of support, is set to be huge across the world over the summer. It’s not hard to see why.
Listen: Geronimo is released on August 25th.