Veteran Canadian rock ensemble Rush have already released a staggering 19 studio albums, to date. And next year, they'll add a 20th to that illustrious discography, with the release of their new album, titled 'Clockwork Angels.' Although the band hasn't announced an exact release date, the new album is expected to drop sometime in Spring 2011.
Rumblings of a new album began back in January 2009, when guitarist Alex Lifeson told MusicRadar that the group was beginning to outline the structure of a new record. Lifeson also said that the band would enlist Grammy award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz to work with them in the studio, after collaborating with him on 2007's 'Snake and Arrows' album. According to Lifeson, Raskulinecz, from a very early stage, began bombarding the group with lofty concepts for the album. "It's a very funny thing," Lifeson mused. "We're in this mode of not working now, kind of enjoying being bums. And Nick is calling us with all of these heavy conceptual ideas. I think he thinks we have to make our grand statement - like it's now or never."
In June, Rush released the first single from the new album, titled 'Caravan,' and a second track called 'BU2B,' both of which were recorded in Nashville alongside Raskulinecz. To date, it's uncertain how many songs Rush has recorded, although in a recent interview with Jam! Music before the group's induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, drummer Neal Peart confirmed that they'd recorded a full five songs. He wouldn't go into specifics, however, about the new album's sound.
We may all have to wait until next Spring to hear Rush's new album, but if you're eager to catch a glimpse of the band this summer, you may wanna try catching them along their 'Time Machine Tour 2010.' The tour kicks off on June 29 in Albuquerque, NM., and winds all over the US and Canada before wrapping up on Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, Fla.