November 10 [14:00 EDT] -- Verve Pipe's frontman Brian Vander Ark was contacted recently by Andy Partridge, the reclusive leader of the post punk pop band, XTC, who had a compliment to pay Verve Pipe on their cover of "Blue Array" on the XTC tribute album "Testimonial Dinner." This connection sparked a creative collaboration between the two. Vander Ark has since written fifteen songs with Partridge.
A source close to Verve Pipe says that, "Ringing In My Ears," one song written by the pair, could end up on the next Verve Pipe album, which will start recording in January. Others may wind up on the next XTC album, due out next year.