Since their inception, Ships Have Sailed have always struck a balance between exuberant pop and substantial alternative rock. Their 2014 debut EP Someday was essentially a soft launch for the band that picked up traction organically; receiving heavy airplay on College, NPR and Commercial radio in the US and Canada. Later that year the band toured the Northeastern US and, in 2015, performed showcases at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Canadian Music Week & NAMM. They also took home accolades from ISC, Unsigned Only and The John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
2015 also saw the release of their first full length album Moodswings - a reflection on how the present is impacted by all other moments in time and how any sort of change can alter the trajectory of one’s life. The LP received glowing reviews from Black Book, Wild Honey Pie and The 405 and spawned a sister release Re: MIX whose tropical house remixes seemed in perfect step with the evolving music climate.
"Ships Have Sailed may be your favorite new discovery."
- Black Book
"The contagious low-key vocals remind one of Elliot Smith while the buzzing instrumentation leans more toward calculated early work of The Killers. Overall, Ships Have Sailed flex their implicit control over the pop-rock genre."
- The Vinyl District
"Ships Have Sailed is the rare case of a band name embodying its sound. Their melodies soar effortlessly and their inspired, rounded resonance reminds me of 90s alt-rock bands that have since gone out to sea; Something Corporate or mainstream Christian rock power players, Hillsong United"
"Ships Have Sailed taps a massive electro pop-rock vein and rides that unbeatable high for 11 addictive tracks."
- The Wild Honey Pie
"Quality pop rock that will leaves fans of Wheat, Quiet Company, and The Walkmen longing for an LP from this LA group."
- What The Kids (Are Into)
The band decamped at Will’s home studio in Silverlake to record completely stripped down, acoustic arrangements of two new compositions and three songs from previous albums. Not realizing how profoundly emotional it would be to peel back the theatrics, the band’s recording process quickly revealed itself to be more intensive than expected. "We couldn’t hide imperfections and were forced to expose ourselves without the glossy sheen of modern techniques and heavy production" reflects Carpenter, who couldn’t be happier with the end result. "It’s important to recognize in front of oneself and others that we are all human, no one is perfect and that it’s ok to own that."
Ships Have Sailed’s new acoustic EP Whispers is set for a May 13, 2016 release.
Ships Have Sailed are:
Will Carpenter - Guitar and Vocals
Dan Hange – Bass
Preview and Download Moodswings today on iTunes!
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