Rush’s Alex Lifeson Is Going Industrial, Like Nine Inch Nails, With His New Band Envy Of None

I’m a fan of industrial music like Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Front 242, and the like. So it’s a shock to hear that prog superstar Alex Lifeson from Rush is foraying into the industrial genre. But I like it! I mean its really good. And I’m not the world’s biggest Rush fan either, but I really dig this new song. The new band is called Envy Of None that Alex is in with bassist Andy Curran, producer and engineer Alfio Annibalini, and singer Maiah Wynne. This first release is called Liar and I think its going to be quite popular on modern rock and alternative stations. And while this first track isn’t anywhere near as heavy or dark as the bands I mentioned earlier, Alex says there will be some pretty heavy tracks on the album, along with some experimental, alternative, and synth tracks too. Alex says it bears almost no resemblance to Rush, and he’s happy with that. Well, Alex, so am I.

The album closes with a track called Western Sunset that Alex wrote for his late drummer and friend Neil Peart. Alex said “I visited Neil when he was ill, I was on his balcony watching the sunset and found inspiration. There’s a finality about a sunset that kind of stayed with me throughout the whole process. It had meaning. It was the perfect mood to decompress after all these different textures... a nice way to close the book.”

The self-titled album will drop April 8th.

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