I recently went to a Barnes and Noble and perused the science fiction and fantasy sections as I always do. Usually I walk away empty-handed, as I don’t always like buying books, but this particular one caught my eye because Rush is one of my favorite bands!
I haven’t read every story in here yet, but I have read the one that is a sequel to the song “2112” and the one based on the song “Subdivisions”.
“2113” is a more direct sequel to the song “2112” than “Subdivions” story is, but there are similarities between each of them. Themes of oppression, the eradication of free speech, and a sense of rebellion in a world of conformity comprise the primary themes in these two stories.
Rush is a thinking man’s band. Sure, they have some songs that are ridiculous and humorous in nature, such as “I Think I’m Going Bald” and “Trees” (which trees, off this album, is fantastic and about trees and how they somehow relate to oppression). In fact, they have so many songs that connect the dots between the words interesting, cool, and funny that it’s almost impossible to deny that Rush is intentionally trying to portray themselves as intellectuals bordering on obsessive comedians and expert hobbyists on their instruments.
In the year 1974 Rush released their self-titled debut album, funded both through the band members themselves and manager Ray Danniels. Shortly before beginning an arduous touring schedule across the United States opening for Uriah Heap and Manfred Mann, the band ran into some complications that needed to be resolved before moving forward.