CRACK THE SKY:
John Palumbo – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Rick Witkowski – Guitars & Vocals
Joey D’Amico – Drums & Vocals
Bobby Hird – Guitars & Vocals
Glenn Workman – Keyboards & Vocals
Dave DeMarco – Bass & Vocals
On January 1, 1976, Rolling Stone magazine called the debut album by West Virginian prog-rock pioneers Crack The Sky “…one of year’s most impressive debuts.” Today, some 40 years later the band will release a pair of albums, one featuring new music, Living In Reverse and Crackology, a collection of the band’s 12 career favorites, both out August 24, 2018 on Loud & Proud Records.
You gotta know where you’ve been to know where you’re going. It’s a mantra the forward-thinking rock outfit Crack The Sky have been following for years with considerable success. What has always set them apart from the pack is an inherent knack for knowing how to incorporate the best of that patented, melodically driven Crack crunch with ever-evolving sonic ideas and inventive sound palettes both hook-laden and inviting enough to bring their fervently loyal audience along for the ride.
“We’ve been going back in time to try and find ourselves, even while we’ve been looking ahead to the future,” observes guitarist/producer Rick Witkowski. “And we’re looking to bring in new fans who’ve never heard what we’ve done before.” Adds lead vocalist/chief songwriter John Palumbo, “Eventually, you find that everything comes full circle, so it’s fair to say we’ve been quite reinvigorated as artists these past few years.”
To that end, Crack The Sky have split the uprights with a pair of concurrent releases, Living In Reverse and Crackology. Living In Reverse showcases 12 new genre-defying Crack tracks, while the cleverly-titled retrospective Crackology chronicles a dozen of the best re-recorded gems as culled from the band’s rich and storied 40-year catalog. Galvanizing Reverse cuts like the full-on groundswell of “Raining Rain,” the modernized new-wave sonic uniform that envelops “Jacket,” and the spoken-word seduction of “Home Tonight” all match up quite beautifully with the recast Crackology versions of Crack classics like the one-two punch ’n’ crunch of “Hold On” and “Surf City” alongside the overdriven depth of “Skin Deep” and the reactor-fueled crackle of “Nuclear Apathy,” the latter track as relevant today as when it was first written and performed in 1978.
Ultimately, Crack The Sky are looking to reach a new legion of fans with the double whammy of Living In Reverse and Crackology. “There are so many people who never even heard our early records,” Witkowski acknowledges, “so we’re hoping we can bring in a whole new generation of fans who may have passed us by. The fans we already have are going to love Crackology because we capture the vibe of the old recordings, but the songs definitely have a little more edge to them. And Living In Reverse shows where we’re at now. Like I said earlier, we’re looking back to see where we’re going next.”
Embracing the past while planting both feet firmly into the future is how the best bands continue to evolve, grow their fanbase, and keep moving forward. And when it comes to this particular trailblazing band, you might even say the Sky’s the limit.