Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:11

ROCK BEST BET: Verve Pipe

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It’s been 18 years since the smash ballad “The Freshman” propelled East Lansing rockers the Verve Pipe to the top of the modern rock chart. Despite a slew of other hits — including “Photograph,” “Hero” and “Never Let You Down” — and worldwide album sales of more than 1 million, the band took a 13-year recording hiatus, not including two kids’ albums.

The members kept busy though, continuing to perform together as well as with solo and side projects. And this month, lead singer/guitarist Brian Vander Ark brings Verve Pipe back to Kalamazoo for a show at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in support of “Overboard,” its first adult-centric studio album since 2001’s “Underneath.”

Verve Pipe was formed in 1992 by Vander Ark and longtime drummer Donny Brown. It underwent a series of lineup changes over the years while broadening its sound. The new album features 10 new songs, including the melodic “Crash Landing” and the poignant, folk-infused title track, lyrically set in the Upper Peninsula. The album was self-produced and reflects the maturity of two decades of growth and evolution.

 

Verve Pipe 
Bell’s Eccentric Café (at Bell’s Brewery), Kalamazoo 
April 11, 8 p.m., $20/$18 adv.
bellsbeer.com, (269) 382-2332

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