Check out Sheppard’s track by track for their debut self-titled EP below!
1. Let Me Down Easy
We wanted to do this thing where we wrote a sad song, but juxtaposed it with a very happy melody and cheery production. We’ve all been through heartache before, so it was quite easy to write. The final result turned out to be one of our best tracks yet. We decided it should be the first single from the EP, and we’re happy to report it’s getting a good response!
2. Hold My Tongue
This was a really fun song to write. We came up with the main riff and the title line in Jay’s garage, and decided we wanted it to be somewhat of a protest song. Its about a guy who is too afraid to speak out: “I’m hoping somebody’s gonna hold my tongue…” But through the song he begins to realise he’s not going to see the change he wants in the world unless it begins with HIM. The last line of the song is “YOU’LL NEVER HOLD ME DOWN!” It’s quite a catchy, fun song with a powerful message.
3. I’m Not A Whore
Amy had just been through a rough breakup, and one of his mates left a message on Amy’s Facebook wall, something like: “You’re suuuuch a whore.” Instead of starting a Facebook war, Amy did the smart thing and decided respond with a song. “I’m not a whore, I just got over you.”
Now that song is becoming something of an anthem for the broken hearted, and every time he hears that song, he’s going to know who its been written about. Payback’s a bitch!
4. Flying Away
This was an important song for us. It was the first one we all wrote together, it kicked off a great songwriting team, and it paved the way for the rest of the music we would write – since that song we’ve written 25 others and counting.
It’s about a couple escaping the troubles of love and life, and getting away to a place where they feel safe.
5. The Pebble Road
This was another important track as it was the first one we recorded together. Because it was the first, we really wanted to experiment heavily with the production and the final result was this really atmospheric, ethereal song. “The Pebble Road” is a metaphor for the tough times we face. It’s harder to walk the pebble road than it is a paved road, but the last two lines of the chorus – “Though the path is rough and you’re carrying a heavy load, soon you’ll find your way off of the Pebble Road” mean that although life is tough at the moment and you’re burdened with numerous challenges, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and everything is going to be OK.
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