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Sheppard meet Perth flock
Emma, George and Amy Sheppard. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian

Smashing through the charts earlier this year with their catchy track Geronimo, indie-pop outfit Sheppard have been predicted as Australia's next big music export.

This year alone, the Brisbane six-piece have played stadium shows supporting Keith Urban, been personally signed by Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and watched their debut album, Bombs Away, reach No. 2 on the ARIA charts.

But the group, which includes siblings George, Amy and Emma Sheppard, still can't turn down the chance for an up-close-and-personal gig, as was the case in Perth this week when they played at the launch of mix94.5's Music Jury for a select group of 150 people.

"It was just on a rooftop and we didn't have a full drum set but it was still a full band," Amy told Access All Areas. "It was really rare for us to do such an intimate show - we brought a little girl on stage for a dance. It's really nice to do things like that because now we are playing to quite big crowds."

Coming to WA exclusively for the show was extra sweet for the trio as their parents Greg and Linda both originally hail from the State, with George, 26, born in Perth.

"When we arrive we have an entourage of family waiting for us - we have spent a lot of time in Perth," Amy said. "We grew up in Port Moresby and we always used to come back here for holidays."

Last night the group flew to the UK, where they are set to embark on a three- week tour to establish themselves firmly in Europe. They will appear alongside Justin Timberlake and Jason Derulo on the V Festival line-up before jetting to the US to meet Braun in September.

"We spoke to him on the phone last week to pick his brain about what we are going to do," Amy, 23, grinned.

"We are really excited to meet him for the first time - he tweets us once and we get thousands of new followers. He's got a real pull."

And despite all the travel the siblings are having fun and not fighting.

"It's a fun job, it really is," George laughed. "Obviously we have our moments because we are humans but I think for the most part we are just grateful to be doing what we are doing and any tiff that may happen is gone within 10 minutes."

Amy is equally grateful for their whirlwind success.

"The only downside so far has been going to Paris and only having an hour there," she admitted. "It is a bit heartbreaking to see the Eiffel Tower through a window but no one gets this kind of opportunity."

Sheppard are planning to return to Perth in October as part of a soon-to-be-announced Australian tour.

The West Australian

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