Los Angeles-based alt-rock outfit Ships Have Sailed unites with indie-folk artist, Abby Posner, on their latest single, “Get Loud,” a rootsy rock anthem about overcoming adversity and standing up for what you believe in.
Inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, vocalist/guitarist Will Carpenter explains the song’s genesis:
“My first instinct upon hearing of the decision was to be angry, so I sat with that for a moment, and then reflected on all the times throughout history when the powers that be attempt to strip away the rights of many to appease the few. A thought popped into my head: ‘ok, so it’s about to get loud.’ I wanted to bring a different perspective into the writing process, so I immediately reached out to a dear friend of mine, Abby Posner, who is an incredibly talented artist and producer and who I felt would bring an important lens to the song. I explained the idea and where it came from, and she jumped in immediately.”
Posner adds, “‘Get Loud’ is an anthem for people that have had their rights stripped away, specifically reproductive rights for women, and the decision that was made by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. Will and I wrote this song during a very raw and vulnerable time, and we were feeling angry, and frustrated. We wanted to write a song that embodied all of these complex emotions. A song that felt like a movement!”
Made up of Carpenter and drummer Art Andranikyan, Ships Have Sailed, whose name does not refer to the old idiom ‘that ship has sailed,’ but rather to a fresh perspective on the unexpected outcomes of unforeseen circumstances, has released an array of albums, EPs, and singles that capture a sense of hopefulness. Their single, “Silence,” released in May of this year was featured on the Season 19 finale of Grey’s Anatomy.
On her part, Posner has composed and produced music for TV, film, and commercials including Hulu’s Maggie, The Fosters, This American Life, The Art of More, and Last Tango in Halifax. Posner can be spotted in GLEE Season 4 playing banjo and guitar, and in the Freeform show Famous In Love playing banjo.
Posner has also scored music for multiple films including Across Land Across Sea, Through Their Eyes, and Elizabeth Sees, and recently scored the award-winning documentary Lady Buds while playing and touring all over the US. Posner is an official Showcase Artist at Americana Fest 2023, and her music video “Quiet On Sunset” was recently featured on CMT.
“Get Loud” opens on heavy guitars and thumping percussion, forming a bluesy, funk-lite tune topped, first, by Posner’s lusciously raw, rasping vocals. When Carpenter’s abrasive voice enters, the lyrics take on flavors vaguely reminiscent of Don Henley, dripping with a chaffing allure.
Then the two voices merge in a rousing duet, full of resonance and soaring tones, i.e., getting loud. Similar to a musical storm, “Get Loud” boils with energy, like a powder keg ready to explode.
Brimming with galvanizing dynamics, a booming rhythm, and superior vocals. “Get Loud” vibrates with affecting alt-rock muscle.