Alex Lifeson Shares His Underlying Rule For Envy Of None

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In a recent interview with Goldmine Mag, Rush’s guitarist Alex Lifeson talked about the debut album of Envy Of None and shared his goals for his new band’s musical project.

Founded in 1968, the Canadian progressive rock band Rush has maintained its place in the rock music scene for over 40 years. After Neil Peart’s unexpected illness and death, Rush members decided to call it quits. Four years after their disbandment, he and his former bandmate Geddy Lee reunited on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on August 10, 2022. Lifeson later stated that he had mixed feelings about this performance.

After the Rush’s disbandment, Alex Lifeson embarked on new musical projects. One of Alex’s ongoing musical projects, besides his solo performances and guest appearances in various albums, is Envy of None. Envy of None entered the music world in 2021. Differentiating from Rush’s traditional sound with its diverse musical elements, the band has been continuing its musical career ever since. On August 8, they officially announced their debut album consisting of 11 songs, including the singles titled ‘Liar’ and ‘Look Aside.’ 

During an interview with Goldmine, Lifeson revealed his goals for his new musical project. The guitarist said he likes to try new things in EON by explaining that the music he makes with Envy of None encourages him to step out of his comfort zone. The Rush icon added that he didn’t want to do the same old thing, and he wanted to create something that was ‘in the service of the song,’ which was his underlying rule for Envy of None.

When he was asked if there was a musical continuity between his old solo album, ‘Victor,‘ and the debut album of EON, Lifeson admitted that he didn’t know. According to Alex, even if there is a similarity between these two, that was not his purpose. He stated that familiar tones could be a part of his own personality, but he likes to push himself to try new sounds while playing with this band.

Here are Alex Lifeson’s thoughts on EON’s music:

“I don’t know. I was not aware of that. I certainly didn’t work on that path. If there is, it’s only because it’s part of my personality, I suppose. But because we were all working together on this, and it wasn’t a solo record, there was much more inspiration from all the other members of the project. My only goal was to make as many guitar parts not sound like a guitar as I could, and I love the challenge of that. I just didn’t want to do the same old thing, and I wanted to create something else that was in the service of the song. That was my underlying rule for this project.

Explaining that other band members also encouraged and inspired him to try new things, Alex continued:

“Alf and even Andy did some great guitar parts. I really like a lot of the stuff that Alf put on, and I didn’t feel that I needed to replace it as ‘the guitarist.’ I just wanted to feel that I could fill space and fill the rhythm and build up the rhythmic quality of songs. I just had a different sense of what my job was on this record, while Victor was definitely more focused on performance and being scared to death of doing something on my own.”

Currently, Alex Lifeson continues to perform solo, appear as a guest on other albums, and work with EON. The band released a music video for ‘Look Inside’ 5 months ago.

You can listen to ‘Look Inside’ on Youtube below.