According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, producer/engineer Rich Chycki has commented on the new RUSH album, "Snakes & Arrows", which he recorded and alongside Nick Raskulinecz. "Recording was completed at Allaire Studios in Shokan, New York during November/December 2006," Chycki writes on his blog. "I mixed the CD in the Neve 88R room (Studio D) at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles. Experiencing their immense musical talent and personal integrity over the course of an entire CD was truly inspirational. And Nick is such an enthusiastic, focused talent as well — a rocker through and through too."
The first single from "Snakes & Arrows" will be "Far Cry". "Snakes & Arrows", their first set of new RUSH material since "Vapor Trails" in 2002, will be out May 1. If you go to the official Rush.com website, you can hear a short snippet of "Far Cry", which should be released in the next few weeks.
RUSH drummer Neil Peart previously told Billboard.com some of his lyrics for the new songs were inspired by his motorcycle journeys throughout the United States, chronicled in the recent book "Roadshow: Landscape with Drums".
"Just seeing the power of evangelical Christianity and contrasting that with the power of fundamentalist religion all over the world in its different forms had a big effect on me," he said.
The band will hit the road this summer behind the album, and guitarist Alex Lifeson recently said the tour would begin in mid-June. There have been rumors that opening night will be June 13 at the Starwood Amphitheatre in Antioch, Tennessee, though nothing's been confirmed yet.