Alex Lifeson is set to step back into the music scene.
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The Rush guitarist has announced a brand new band called Envy of None, which features bassist Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), Alfio Annibalini, and singer Maiah Wynne. The group is set to release their self-titled debut album on April 8 and gave a sneak peek at what’s to come by dropping the first single “Liar.”
With an industrial-laden rhythm, swirling synths, dreamy vocals, and crunchy guitar, “Liars” has already made us excited to see what else Lifeson and his bandmates have up their sleeves.
Fans hoping to see Rush part two will have to look elsewhere as a press release states “Lifeson himself is proudly aware of how little of [the album] crosses over with the band that made him famous.”
Back in 2020, Lifeson admitted he had little interest in playing guitar, which makes it even more exciting to see him reinvigorated and making music again. In particular, Wynne’s vocals gave him a renewed sense of excitement.
“After hearing her vocals on Never Said I Love You, I felt so excited,” Lifeson said. “I've never had that kind of inspiration working with another musician. When we say she's special, it's because she's really special!”
While Lifeson doesn’t want anyone to equate Envy of None’s music to Rush, he’s still using it as an opportunity to pay tribute to his former band. Specifically, he penned a song that serves as a tribute to the late Neil Peart.
The track “Western Sunset” closes out the album and stems from an experience Lifeson and Peart had together towards the end of the late drummer’s life. “I visited Neil when he was ill,” Lifeson says.
“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.”