Ships Have Sailed - "Skin"
Directed by Michael Easterling and Jaala Ruffman of Talkboy TV
Cinematographer: David Parks
Production Company: Talkboy TV
Featured Actors: Allea Bonetti, Gabriel Bonetti, Mila Bonetti, Jessica McCormick, Paul & Beth Ruffman, Darshana Ruffman, Rachel Welsby, Mimi Lu, Dominick Brown, Shab Nathan, Yuki Wulan, Aaron Brown
Filming Locations: Golden Daggers and The Spot on Sunset.
Special Thanks To: Rocky, Rachel, Isa and the entire staff at Golden Daggers.
Written by: Will Carpenter & Art Andranikyan
Produced by: Will Carpenter
Mixed by: Will Carpenter
Mastered by: Mauricio Iragorri & Steven Baughman for Next Level Mastering
Acoustic Guitar Performed by: Steve Stout
Additional Production by: Kyle Moore
The video for 'Skin' as well as the song itself is an exploration of human vulnerability. Songwriter and Frontman Will Carpenter explains: “I can’t even count how many times people have told me to grow a thicker skin, but they’re essentially telling me to numb my feelings, and I think that our feelings and emotions are the essence of our humanity. ‘Skin’ is my way of expressing that I’m content with feeling as much as I do…even if it hurts sometimes.” Carpenter teamed up with video production duo TalkboyTV to craft a video that leaned even further into vulnerability through a series of stark, black and white vignettes, following a variety of characters (including Carpenter and drummer Art Andranikyan) through happiness, turmoil and pain. The result is a raw and honest visual accompaniment to what might be Ships Have Sailed's most vulnerable song yet.
Ships Have Sailed is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Will Carpenter. The band materialized in the waning days of his previous project –a band he had been an integral part of ever since moving to Los Angeles. His decision to individually focus on new music again was initially daunting, but the risk proved to be invigorating and refreshing. The music is uplifting and buoyant. The lyrics are thoughtful and conscientious. The sound is sincere indie rock with an unabashed pop structure. And after initially sharing it with fellow musicians, Carpenter recruited a lineup that now permanently includes drummer Art Andranikyan.
Ships Have Sailed’s debut EP, Someday (2013), is a diverse six-song collection which includes arena-ready singles (“Midnight”), acoustic serenades (“Clouds”), and explosive alt-rock bangers (“Better Off”). Their debut full-length album, Moodswings(2015), is a more cohesive release with epic ambitions. Crescendoing ballads (“Drive”) and indie rock alacrity (“Boomerang”) give the album a strong sense of sanguine sensibility. Certain tracks were remixed with an electronic edge by DJs (such as Dimond Saints and Mike Vincent) and collected onto the EP Re: MIX (2015). The following year, the band recorded acoustic versions of select songs and released them on an EP, Whispers(2016), along with two new originals. Praise of their next single, “Up” (2017), encouraged the band to tour overseas tour in the U.K. and Ireland. Their follow-up single, “Let’s Just Dance” (2018), was a superb collaborative effort with songwriter Robert Gillies (X Ambassadors, Bebe Rexha) and producer Wally Gagel (Best Coast, Family of the Year) of recording studio WAX LTD. And the band’s next series of singles, which began with “Escape” in February, “Stay” in June and continues with their recent release “Skin” (Oct. 11th) express a deeper level of sentiment than ever before.