Artist Spotlight: The Verve Pipe

Brian Vander ArkDC After Five chats with The Verve Pipe’s frontman, Brian Vander Ark.

DC After Five: Tell us about the band’s new album, The Verve Pipe: A Family Album.
Brian: The new “Family Album” is just that… an album that the whole family can enjoy. We don’t think that it’s just a kids record. The album has some big rock guitars and 4 part harmonies and plenty of fun lyrics that explore themes that families can relate to. Anyone that was a Verve Pipe fan before will hear familiar elements that made the band what we were, only this time out, not as much teen angst!

DC After Five: When’s the last time the Verve Pipe have played DC? Where’s your favorite place to play?
Brian: I believe it was the 930 club back in 2000. I’m a big fan of Jammin’ Java and Iota.

DC After Five: How does it feel to write a song (The Freshmen) that is still played quite a bit on a wide variety of radio stations, even after 14 years since it’s release?
Brian: Wonderful. I’m thankful that we wrote something that I can be proud of. Something that resonates with people, musically and lyrically. Mostly, I’m thankful that we didn’t write “I’m Too Sexy”.

DC After Five: If you could hit the road with any band right now, who would it be?
Brian: The funny thing is, I’m enjoying playing with our band and doing our shows which include some songs from A Family Album. I don’t think we could put on the same show if we were the opening band for anyone. Yes, you are exposed to many more people if you open for U2, but at what cost? I would rather continue on this path on our own, making fans a handful at a time, like in the old days, rather then chasing a convoy of tour buses and semi trucks with our van.

The Verve Pipe
Live at Rams Head Annapolis
Monday, Feb. 22
8 p.m.

33 West St.
Annapolis, Md.

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