LA-based alt pop outfit SHIPS HAVE SAILED have released their new single “Up,” which Paste Magazine calls “a spark of positivity.” The track is now available for streaming on Soundcloud, and can be pre-ordered via Apple Music.
Since their inception, Ships Have Sailed have always struck a balance between exuberant pop and substantial alternative rock. Their debut EP Someday (2014) was well received on College, NPR and Commercial radio in the US and Canada, catalyzing a Northeastern US tour and landing the band showcases at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Canadian Music Week, & NAMM in 2015. They took home accolades from ISC and Unsigned Only that same year, furthering the band’s impetus for the release of their first full length album, Moodswings. Along with the success and progress achieved over the past year, for which they have been unwaveringly grateful, Ships Have Sailed also saw the inherent challenges of unexpected events and unpredictable variables of their continuing journey. Coming off the road on the final leg of their 2016 tour cycle, and in a particularly reflective and somewhat exhausted moment, a new idea was born. In his own words, the group’s spearhead, songwriter and producer, Will Carpenter says “[In] a moment that was both happy and sad, reflective and hopeful, satisfied but still hungry, I tried to muster up the words to convey the mix of emotions that last year had evoked. At first it was a thoughtful process, but once the grain of the idea took shape, the music just kind of poured out…and it was incredibly cathartic.” The result will be heard in the band’s new single, Up, which Carpenter sees as a call to those of us with a dream that, however long the odds, is something we’re willing to fight for.