Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was interviewed by the UK radio show Planet Rock, and he discusses the band's upcoming studio album, Clockwork Angels, in a fair amount of detail. He reveals that the band has written a number of new songs since September, and says three or four of the songs on the album are more than seven minutes long. He says "every ounce of energy is focused on the record right now."

Listen to the whole 10-minute conversation below:

Alex Lifeson Planet Rock by Roadrunner USA

Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland is in stores now; get it from Amazon or on iTunes.