“I remember when a friend first played me The Trees, I was like, ‘Whoa! Who’s singing that?’ Geddy Lee’s voice was so high. But it ended up being something that I absolutely loved. I went back and checked out Rush’s first record, and I thought, ‘Man, people just don’t sing like this.’ But that’s what made it so appealing.
"You’ve pretty much got everything here. The songs are long, the arrangements are unconventional, and there’s some really cool, extended instrumental passages. Rush weren’t afraid to let their songs break down so they could spend some time building them back up again. And sometimes a song would have multiple themes, too, which is something very few bands do.
“It’s amazing how big Rush sounds here. The interplay between the guitar and bass is incredible. Alex and Geddy are so locked in, going off on all these unison runs. I love Alex’s choices, the way he plays power chords with open strings on top. And when you combine that with the way he uses the chorus effect – to this day, I apply all of this information to my own style.”