Australian hitmakers Sheppard have returned home with their latest single ‘Die Young’, a track that until recently, had the band questioning their creative direction.
It follows on from a whirlwind 12 months, packed with international shows, a #1 album and studio sessions across multiple continents.
In late February, the band took a brief break from performing as lead singer George Sheppard was diagnosed with a throat injury. Despite spending the next three months resting, by May it was clear that George required vocal surgery, which he underwent last month.
Listen to ‘Die Young’ by Sheppard on the Official Premier League Music playlist on Spotify.
The forced rest and songwriting sessions led him to consider what kind of artist he was outside of the group, culminating in a two-week long silent retreat in the mountains.
At the same time as George’s introspection, Amy Sheppard was igniting an important conversation about body shaming and beauty standards with the global #kissmyfatass campaign.
The question hung in the air as to whether the individual pursuits of the members left a future for the band.
“We began to ask what we wanted next, for ourselves individually, for the band and for our fans. We wrote ‘Die Young’ as though it was a ‘final’ Sheppard song; a song about appreciating each day and living it as though it was your last,” said George.
In the midst of this introspection, the band’s core team of Amy, George and Jay Bovino came together again to record #kissmyfatass, a chance for the trio to reconnect creatively after many months.