Alex Lifeson to release new album later this year

Alex Lifesson
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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has been working on a new ten-track album that will be released later this year. He's been working with former Coney Hatch bassist Andy Curran and vocalist Maiah Wayne on a brand new project under the name Envy Of None.

Lifeson confirmed to Guitar World that work was nearly completed on the new album.

“Andy approached me about four years ago, shortly after the last Rush tour, about adding some guitar on some of the things he was doing,” Lifeson states. “I did that. A few months later, he sent another one, and did that.

“Then we started getting more serious, and then we found a great singer, Maiah Wynne,” he continued. “So we’ve basically done an album’s worth of material that we hope to release sometime soon. I’m really excited about that.”

When asked when the new music might see the light of Day, Lifeson responded, "We’re just working on that part. All the music is recorded. We are mixing currently. We’re in a good place, but it is very challenging.

“The industry is so, so very different than it was certainly 10 years ago, never mind last year,” he added. “We’ll see. Hopefully late summer, early fall we might have something. But we are very, very excited about it. It’s pretty cool stuff, I think.”

In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock website, Curran revealed a bit more about what the new music sounds like.

“It’s like, if you can picture maybe Massive Attack with a little bit of some electronic stuff with Nine Inch Nails influences, with this beautiful voice and some very, very dark, heavy sounds. That’s kind of what this project sounds like.”

Lifeson recently released two brand new songs, Kabul Blues and Spy House, which he recorded with Curran, although whether they form part of this project is not known.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.