Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was interviewed by recently and offered some thoughts on the band's next studio album, expected to be released early next year.

Said Lee, "We're almost finished writing. We wound the machine back up about three weeks ago. After a sluggish start, we've had a very fruitful couple of weeks in terms of writing. I'm very pleased with the direction that the material has taken. And I think we have one or two more songs that we'd like to write, and then we'll start recording in earnest. Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas. Then we'll mix it some time in the next year, and then get it out."

He described the sound of the band's new music as "a little different than Snakes & Arrows. It's not finished so it's hard to say exactly what it will sound like in totality, but I think that the direction of "Caravan" and "BU2B" sort of points in the direction that we're going."

Live versions of "Caravan" and "BU2B" can be heard on the Rush double live CD Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, which will be in stores November 8. You can pre-order it on iTunes now, at this link.