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Skeleton Crew® New Single | Faith

Skeleton Crew® New Single | Faith

Detroit (November 11, 2010) – On November 11, 2010 Skeleton Crew® will release their first single, “Faith,” on their own recording label, Skeleton Crew Music. The new single is available for digital download on iTunes,, CD Baby, ReverbNation, Nimbit and most popular digital music download sites. “We’re excited about taking control of our music catalog and how it is presented to the public,” said William Pilipchuk, Skeleton Crew® lead singer. “We’ll be following this release up with a re-mastered version of our debut album “pre-historic…dig!,” a collection of un-released demos and new music in 2011.”

Record Producer, Marc Pastoria

Record Producer, Marc Pastoria

“Faith” was produced by Grammy® Award winning record producer Mark Pastoria (for his work on the Luther Vandross Tribute Album with Aretha

Author, Mitch Albom

Author, Mitch Albom

Franklin) and recorded at Harmonie Park Studios in Detroit, Michigan. The song was originally released as the band’s contribution to the Christmas in Detroit 3 project. Proceeds from Christmas in Detroit 3 went to author/columnist Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit Charity to help the homeless in Detroit. “’Faith’ is still available on Christmas in Detroit 3,” adds Pilipchuk, “and we encourage everyone to purchase that incredible recording at” “Faith” single cover photograph by artist Julio Pallone.


This not-so-stereotypical Detroit band has enjoyed a wealth of accolades bestowed on them by their hometown in recent years. The band garnering top honors at The Motor City Music Awards as “Band of The Year” and pre-historic…dig! was named “Best Pop/Rock Record.”

Skeleton Crew® was the first Michigan band to release an “Enhanced CD,” technology that combined video and computer interactivity in addition to the music tracks. “pre-historic…dig!” was also one of the first “Enhanced CD” releases in the country, even in advance of enhanced products from the Rolling Stones and Madonna!

As performers, Skeleton Crew has opened shows for such diverse acts as: The Rembrandts, the Smithereens, Robert Palmer, Todd Rundgren, Tesla, Kenny Loggins, Foreigner and Eddie Money. Venues have ranged from 2000-seaters, to the outdoor DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, Tiger Stadium in Detroit and The Palace of Auburn Hills arena.

Skeleton Crew® also merits a musical footnote in the career of superstar Beyonce Knowles as being “that scary band” that defeated the then 12-year and her group Girl Tyme on Ed McMahon’s Star Search.

Pre-Historic..Dig! Album Cover by Julio Pallone

A resounding thanks to all our fans who have inquired of late as to where and how they can purchase Skeleton Crew® music. Yes, there are a few vintage “pre-historic…dig! “enhanced CD’s” available on Ebay and, but if you’re in dire need of instant “skeletal gratification” you’re in luck!

Digital downloads of our landmark debut album, “pre-historic…dig!” are now available from at:

or from our Nimbit Music Store at:

If you’re a member of our Facebook Fan Page you will notice a “MyStore” Tab at top of our Fan Page. Click on the “MyStore” Tab and you have instant access to our Nimbit MP3 Store where you can download individual songs or entire albums. Our EP “Under The Watersign” was never released to the public and has only been made available now as “Digital Downloads” from and Nimbit.

Skeleton Crew® has plans for an exciting reemergence in 2010 with our new single, “Faith,” recorded for the Christmas in Detroit 3 Project. In addition, look for a new album of original material and some surprise recorded releases, too!

And don’t forget: Much of the music we released is available for listening for free either on our Facebook Fan Page or on our MySpace page or Store sites. We can’t thank everyone enough for your love and support! Here’s to a very harmonious 2010!

Skeleton Crew® Live Gem Theatre | record Release Party

Prior to the band’s national record label debut on Intersound Records in 1996, pre-historic…dig! was released on our producer’s (Gary Spaniola) independent label, Baltic Records. Susan Murphy, who’s company Lip Service Communications handled public relations for the band and coordinated the album cover design, graciously paid for and hosted the record release party at the gloriously restored Gem Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

Two hundred invited guests, celebrities and media were treated to two hours of an open bar and an extended performance by the band in celebration of their debut recording. A splendid time was had by all and nobody wanted to go home! The band forever extends its gratitude to Susan Murphy and Lip Service Communications for their support and generosity.

We’ve upload a splendid batch of photos from that eventful night on our Facebook Fan Page at:


Pre-Historic..Dig! Album Cover by Julio Pallone

Pre-Historic..Dig! Album Cover Image by Julio Pallone

Artist: Julio Pallone | self darkroom

Artist | Julio Pallone

In 1994, William Pilipchuk invited me to create an image for the cover of his latest musical project. I had seen Skeleton Crew perform the year before at a small club in downtown Pontiac.

Without prior knowledge of their music, I wasn’t expecting much. But the performance I witnessed that night made a deep and lasting impression on me. By the end of the show, I was a fan.

William already had the concept of “unearthing the buried remains of the band.” The problem was that I’m a photographer and not an illustrator. An idea of this sort would require more than a simple snapshot. This was, after all, the pre-digital era. Fortunately, I had been experimenting for years with compositing photos using a masking technique I devised.

The main obstacle was in getting the required images onto film. Clothing wouldn’t work with the concept so each band member would have to be photographed naked. This was outside of my prior experience and comfort zone and most likely theirs as well. But to my surprise, our common goal of creating a masterpiece album overcame any inhibitions.

That done, I then chose a background onto which the figures would be superimposed. A landscape shot taken in Arizona worked well. But the results looked too clean and fresh to be “prehistoric.” The solution was to overlay the image with a spray painted texture. The photograph was then turned over to Claire Edwards for the graphic design.

Pre-Historic..Dig! Album Inner Sleeve & CD Image by Julio Pallone

Pre-Historic..Dig! Album Inner Sleeve & CD Image by Julio Pallone