XTC Hooks Up With TVT, Plans New Studio Album

Fans yearning for new material from the high-minded English pop outfit XTC may not have to wait much longer.

A spokesperson for TVT Records told MTV News late Monday that the band has inked a deal with the record label that should bear fruit early next year. The record label says that the band is expected to enter the studio later this year to work on its first TVT release, which will be the band's first collection of new material since 1992's "Nonsuch."

In the six years that have followed, XTC fans have had to get by on greatest hits collections and reissues, with a number of the band's early titles resurfacing in 1996.

Given XTC's frontman Andy Partridge's distaste for touring, the spokesperson did not know if a tour would follow the release of the as-yet-untitled album.

The band, which has been around for more than 20 years, found an audience in the 1980s when its blend of spinning melodies, hiccuping beats, and engaging lyrics earned XTC a cult following.

The band is perhaps best known for its 80s college radio hits "Dear God," "Senses Working Overtime," and "Mayor Of Simpleton."