Geronimo by Sheppard
‘Geronimo’ marks the debut of the Australian indie pop band Sheppard in 2014, inspired by the legend of Frankenstein. The song was followed by ‘Something’s Missing’ also released in 2014 and included on the first studio album ‘Bombs Away’, confirming Sheppard’s potential to be surpass the level of one hit wonder.
Placed into troubled times, as shown by the medieval background, ‘Geronimo’ is the symbol of fight between tradition and modernity. The robot made of cartoons is the creation of a group of young scientists, generating a revolt in the town through their unconventional project. Named after the legendary Indian military leader Geronimo, the robot is the expression of their attempt to change mentality.
Geronimo is secretly created, similarly to Frankenstein, made of used parts and brought to life through the power of electricity. Initially, he is covered with a white blanket, so that people in the town couldn’t figure out the truth about it. Later, he is presented to a reduced audience, petrified by the appearance of the robot. Soon as the rumor spreads about their creation, the group of young scientist equip themselves for the fight with the representatives of tradition, in order to protect Geronimo.
His name, as in the case of debuting scenes, is used like an incantation in the chorus, to provide courage to the fighters. The combat of cartoon swords and confetti spears becomes nonsense, when the lead vocalist of Sheppard perceives in the crowd his lover. He isn’t able to fight against her, as well as she isn’t willing to continue the fight. While the other combatants keep fighting, the two lovers kiss. Geronimo silently leaves the fight, fulfilling his mission and as consequence gaining his freedom.
‘Geronimo’ is an indie pop song written by three of the Jay Bovino, George Sheppard and Amy Sheppard, three of the band’s members, produced by Stuart Stuart, mostly mastering the creations of Australian artists such as Five Seconds of Summer or Keith Urban. The song was released in February 2014, after the most success registered in 2013 with ‘Hold My Tongue’.
The video of ‘Geronimo’ was released in August 2014, directed by Toby Morris, an Australian director known for his short films or documentaries, including ‘A Lady & A Robot’ or ‘The Clothes’. The video designed for Sheppard features a fancy cartoon background created in Parramatta, Australia. The second version of ‘Geronimo’, promoting the band on the European market, was shot in London, display a similar scenario.