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Skeleton Crew is proud to announce the release of our much anticipated single [at least in our minds! :-)] “Chime For Change: If I Were a Boy,” as a Valentine to Beyonce for including Skeleton Crew at the close of her “***FLAWLESS” video. Each band member went through a lot of personal crises during the recording process which is why it took so long to finish. The process was painful, but so is the important subject matter of the song.

On December 13, 2013, Beyoncé surprised the world with the release of her self-titled album: Beyoncé. Her record-breaking release sold nearly 900,000 copies to adoring fans in over 104 countries in three days.

The first single and video release for “***Flawless” included Skeleton Crew and introduced the band to the world. The timing of her release was almost twenty years to-the-date when Skeleton Crew faced a 12-year-old Beyonce and her then group, Girls Tyme on Ed McMahon’s Star Search TV show: “the American Idol” of its time. Skeleton Crew defeated Girls Tyme, but went on to lose in the semi-finals. The Girls Tyme Star Search loss became “a defining moment of [her] childhood,” according to Beyonce.

Skeleton Crew is eternally grateful to Beyonce for the overwhelming amount of attention the band has received as a result of this global exposure. The media focus has been off-the-charts!

Skeleton Crew’s hope with this recording is to draw awareness to Chime For Change: a global campaign co-founded by Beyoncé, Salma Hayek, Frida Giannini and founded by Gucci. Chime For Change’s mission is to help promote gender equality and advance the status and human rights of all women and girls around the world.

Skeleton Crew has also released the “Chime For Change: If I Were a Boy” video to bring this critical issue to the forefront and help initiate positive change by inspiring everyone to #ChimeIN and pass this powerful message forward. The Chime For Change video is available for viewing on Skeleton Crew Music YouTube Page.

Skeleton Crew co-produced “Chime For Change: If I Were A Boy” with Emmy-Award winning producer, Kevin Sharpe, and it was recorded at Detroit’s Metro 37 Recording Studios. The song will be available as a free download on the Skeleton Crew’s Soundcloud.com and Nimbit.com websites among others.

Learn more about Chime For Change and how you can help make a difference at www.chimeforchange.org.

Learn more about Skeleton Crew at: www.skeletoncrewmusic.com

Download Chime For Change: If I Were a Boy here: Nimbit
and: Soundcloud.

Download Chime For Change: If I Were a Boy Digital Booklets

Watch Skeleton Crew in Beyonce’s Flawless video

peaceloveone! ~Skeleton Crew

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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, Amazon.com, 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 http://www.christmasindetroit.org.” “Faith” single cover photograph by artist Julio Pallone.

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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.

Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon!

Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon! peaceloveone! ~Skeleton Crew®

To commemorate John Lennon’s seventieth birthday on October 9, 2010, Detroit-based indie band Skeleton Crew® will make an MPFree (Free MP3) music download of their version of John’s “I Am The Walrus” available to the world. The high quality, 320 kbps MP3 download can be downloaded for free the entire month of October at these two download links:

CloudApp: http://cl.ly/e11f2c7e6cb07949ec59

Droplr:  http://drp.ly/9Jxz. There’s just one (positive) catch.

Skeleton Crew® is asking all those who download the free song to consider becoming a “tributary of peace.” John and Yoko were at the forefront of the modern peace movement. Their vision embraced new technologies to encourage peace and love throughout the world. Noting that the Internet is like a mammoth “river of peaceful possibilities,” Skeleton Crew® lead singer, William Pilipchuk would like to encourage the masses to follow in Yoko’s footsteps as she continues to harness the powerful connectivity of the Internet to help humanity embrace and share peace and love.

Noted mind, body and spiritual guru, Dr. Deepak Chopra, expands on this sentiment in explaining the theory of Quantum Physics as an energy that flows freely between all things and the universe making us all interconnected. “In John’s opening lyrics to ‘I am The Walrus’ he sings: ‘I am he, as you are he, as you are me and we are all together,” in other words, as Pilipchuk points out, “John clearly defines Quantum Physics in one line of his song: amazing!”

In this era of instant-everything where it seems people are talking more and listening less, one thing has remained constant: we’re still listening to music. “The celebration of John Lennon’s 70th John & Yokobirthday is the perfect time to once again embrace his medium of choice – music – to encourage the world to start listening to each other, keep the peace and stop the proliferation of fear and hate,” said Skeleton Crew® drummer, Greg Tyler.

After downloading the Free MP3 of I Am The Walrus, Skeleton Crew® encourages everyone to visit Yoko Ono’s website, Imagine Peace, at http://www.imaginepeace.com to see how she is utilizing the Internet to spread positive messages. Visitors to the site may find some inspiration on how they, too, can help change the world.

Attention: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and gurls, cats and dogs, vampires and mammals of all ages; welcome back to another video in the Skeleton Crew® Live at Griff’s Grill series. Many songs from the Skeleton Crew® repertoire only appear in this rare video footage which makes the Skeleton Crew® Live at Griff’s Grill series a true gem.

The video is hand-held, well-worn, and not up to the quality of the Palace of Auburn Hills performances, but good enough to get a raw feel of what the band was like in close quarters.

This week’s song is our precursor homage to the hugely popular and successful “Twilight Saga.” Please savor some of the tasty bass licks from our wunderkind, Chris Badynee (aka Bogdon Vasquaf), and bite into this musical serving appropriately titled: “Twilight.” Njoy!

In the spirit of transparency we offer up this next series of Skeleton Crew® video performances. We don’t want to give the world the impression that Skeleton Crew® only performed at 20,000 plus seat arenas. On the contrary, Skeleton Crew® was an equal opportunity venue performer; yes we played large venues, but also enjoyed some of our best performances in smaller ones, too, like the State Theatre and Royal Oak Music.

One thing the band takes great pride in is its consistency. We played exactly with the same intensity and attention to detail in a parking lot, back lot, beer hall, bistro, coffee shop or in someone’s living room.

Which brings us to our new video series: Skeleton Crew® Live at Griff’s Grill. Griff’s was a cool place to gig, right in the heart of the city of Pontiac, Michigan and in the shadows of the Pontiac Silverdome where the Detroit Lions used to play. The video tape of this classic footage of the band was dug up by our drummer Greg’s beautiful wife, Janine Tyler. Thank you so much Janine!

Many songs from the Skeleton Crew® repertoire only appear in this rare series which makes the Skeleton Crew® Live at Griff’s Grill series a true gem. The video is hand-held, well-worn, and not the quality of the Palace of Auburn Hills performance, but good enough to get a raw feel of what the band was like in close quarters.

Come back often over the next few weeks to get down and dirty with Skeleton Crew® Live at Griff’s Grill. This week’s song is “Trumpeting Soul.” Hope you Njoy!

As Jim Morrison so eloquently put it: “This is the end”…of the Palace of Auburn Hills Concert Series. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching the videos over the past few weeks as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing them to you.

Skeleton Crew® would like to send the love out to our harmony partner, Connie Marshall, who made this concert and the video footage you’ve been watching a reality. We love you Connie! And, we happen to love to love this song, “Lost My Way.” Njoy!

Welcome to The Palace of Auburn Hills Concert Series! Each week we will be uploading a different song from that performance. This week’s Skeleton Crew® song is “Trumpeting Soul.”

It’s fitting we had the opportunity to perform “Trumpeting Soul” on the Palace stage as the idea for the music was first introduced there. Skeleton Crew® had the honor of performing the national anthem at several Detroit Pistons games. It was backstage at one of the anthem performances that Scott first played me the idea he had for the opening guitar line. I had had the title “Trumpeting Soul” running through my head for some time and the moment Scott played me the opening guitar line I said: “that’s trumpeting soul!”

The song deals with coming to terms with the loss of a loved one; in this case the passing of my father a few years earlier. His death to this day weighs heavily on my conscience as it was the result of an accident I felt to blame. I am forever grateful to have hugged my father the night before the accident and told him directly that I loved him. ~William

Thought you might like reading the lyrics so here they are:

trumpeting soul

no never mind i never needed to tell you i want you
i’d sooner die than believe in the weakness of fools
all my life i’ve waited…it’s true
to realize i never needed no one more than you
a hand for the helpless to help tie my shoes

listen to me (hush my darling)
hear the word, speak the truth (don’t you cry)
there’s somebody up there (keep your head up)
smilin’ down on me and you (high…)
baby i (like), maybe i’d (to), like to know (know)
the trumpeting soul

i had in mind a little faith in this trial and error world
you might have been sorry for leaving so soon
take your time don’t hurry…this through
i’d rather die than be left all alone without you
a sign for the silent and a sun dripping life

hold on to something (hush my darling)
the key that we hold (don’t you cry)
it sounds just like music (keep your head up)
and it feels good as gold (high…)
maybe i (take), maybe i’ll (con), take control (trol)
of the trumpeting soul

a symbol of hope we don’t dare let go

cry if you need to (hush my darling)
said the calm before the storm (don’t you cry)
and know that i love you (keep your head up)
as you walk through that door (high…)
Gabriel! (blow), Gabriel! (your), come blow your horn (horn)
you’re the trumpeting soul

Word & Music by Skeleton Crew® | ©Skeleton Crew Music (ASCAP)

Our heroes are taking their loss on Star Search in stride. Here we find them relaxing in the lobby of the Orlando Airport Hotel. Doing what they do best and what they will always do: play music. Njoy!

P.S. Fear not. This may be the official end of the Star Search Revisited Series, but it’s not the end totally. There will be more fun behind-the-scenes video and antics to come in the not-so-distant-future. We won’t leave you hanging too long!

peace&love~Skeleton Crew®

From the pen of Bogdon Vasquaf:

This is our finale after appearing on Star Search for 7 weeks, enjoying 3 weeks all expenses paid in Disney World Florida. We played our music by the pool, in bars and restaurants, on the streets in and out of Disney World, on the main stage in Pleasure Island, we played our music while standing in lines, in the rain, for strangers, in the green room with a little boy named Justin Timberlake, on stage against a little girl named Beyonce, taught our songs to a singer named Beth Hart, and had more fun than i ever had with music and friends… This is the moment after everything was done, we earned the title as “non winners” and relaxed as we waited for our flight home… (our conga drums were actually seat-belted in first class seats!!!!!!!!)

Welcome back to Star Search Revisited! In Episode Seven we find our Star Search Semi-Finalists vying for win number six. Don’t look lightly on the competition as they turn out to be formidable competition indeed in the form of a beautifully harmonic boy/girl duo named One Plus One.

We took a big chance in trying to whittle our six minute epic, “Lost My Way,” down to the two minute version for the show. It was ambitious, but was it a calculated miscue? Will our heroes notch win number six? Will they go on to the finals? Can they survive the heat? Tune in to find out what happens!

 

Welcome to Star Search Back Stage Episode One! We hope to bring you a glimpse of what it was like during our three week flirtation with television stardom! The clips feature back stage impromptu rehearsals, stage rehearsals, dressing room antics and an overall, over indulgence in and flagrant use of fake British accents! Still can’t figure that one out?

Episode One features the band rehearsing, before our stage rehearsal, our song “Sea of Jealousy.” This is our first glimpse of “Tommy The Cue Card Guy!” We want to thank our record producer at the time, Gary Spaniola, for capturing these magical moments for posterity! Njoy!