Sunday, May 13th, 2012
PS I Love You covers Rush
Paper Bag RecordsIn writing up PS I Love You’s new album Death Dreams earlier this month, I made reference to the record’s more overt prog-rock influence which had only been hinted at on their debut Meet Me At The Muster Station.
And while you might assume that growing up in southern Ontario that Toronto’s own Rush would have been a logical assumption as influence, that’s not the case. As Paul Saulnier told Rolling Stone, he hated the band – as many do – until his mid-teens and it was “Subdivisions”, from the band’s 1982 album Signals, that turned him around – now he’s a self-proclaimed, “mega Rush fan” – as many are. I don’t count myself among them, but those early ’80s Rush albums do hold a special place in my heart. For serious.
Their cover of the Damascene tune appeared on last year’s Figure It Out, a stop-gap compilation of singles and EPs released to satiate fans while they worked on Death Dreams, and while it doesn’t get as fret-shredding as you’d expect a tribute to Alex Lifeson by a player as accomplished as Saulnier might be, remember that he’s also gotta pretend to be Geddy Lee with his feet. Cut the guy some slack.
PS I Love You kick of their Spring tour in support of Death Dreams at The Garrison in Toronto on Tuesday. Rush release their millionth (approximately) album in Clockwork Angels on June 12 and play the Air Canada Centre on June 12.