May 29 is Release Date of Rush’s Clockwork Angels
Amazon and other retailers have announced the coming availability of Rush’s 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels. The audio CD is set for a May 29 release and was originally listed for $19.14, suggesting it woud be an enhanced CD.
NOTE: Amazon on March 9 replaced the pre-order option with an option to be notified when it’s available. Best Buy also replaced its pre-order option for the CD, which it listed at $18.98 (and retailing for $17.99) before it took the listing down.
There has been talk of Roadrunner Records, which is the band’s label, making a single available at the end of March. Read more.
The band is planning to accompany the album with a tour this fall, the band has said.
The title track is a multi-part piece about a young man’s quest to follow his dreams, according to sci-fi writer Kevin J. Anderson, who’s writing a novelization of the concept for release later this year. The young man is “caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.”
“We’re going in a conceptual direction on this record, for sure” Geddy has said in a past interview. “We started with a 10-minute song idea that then turned into a concept and it’s feeding off itself. It’s like that question that Steven Colbert asked us. Are your songs so long that by the end you’re influencing yourself? I think we’re doing that now. We’re like a feedback loop, influencing ourselves now. We’re spending so much time on this concept. It’s been fun, because we haven’t gone down that road in a while. Let’s see if we can pull it off!”
“I feel a certain urgency,” Neil said a few months ago. “This really means a lot to me. I intend it to be my highest achievement lyrically and drumming wise.”
The first two parts of the concept, “Caravan” and “Brought Up to Believe,” were released last fall.
Another song is expected to be released April 1. It’s called “Headlong Flight” and it contains the line “I stoke the fires of the big steel wheels.” On Rush is a Band, there are blurbs that say it has a bit of an updated “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” sound and includes an extended ’74-’77-era guitar solo.
Neil has said the drums on the album will be more spontaneous. Rather than memorize the repetitions in each piece before recording, he had the producer, Nick Raskulinecz, lead him through the section changes. That way the recordings could be more improvisational. “Each performance occurred only once, with magic—or lucky—moments from a few takes combined into one that was fresh and spontaneous,” he said on his blog about a month ago. “I like to believe that a listener can sense when a player is on the edge of his seat, so to speak, playing with urgency, invention, and excitement. Sometimes the listener may share the player’s relief at having got safely back to ‘one.’”
Thanks to Rush is a Band for the head’s up.
Just for fun, the Google translation of the album description on Amazon Japan is a kick:
“Latest five years pretending to be about ‘Legend’ to shine, of Rush a name and its brilliance to the lock to lock scene with the trio of the strongest in history!”