Bassist-singer Geddy Lee reveals that Rush have nearly completed writing material for their next album, ‘Clockwork Angels,’ which they will begin "recording in earnest" shortly. The band hopes to release the follow-up to 2007's 'Snakes & Arrows' in the spring of 2012.

"We're almost finished writing," Lee tells RollingStone.com. "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."

"I think we have one or two more songs that we'd like to write, and then we'll start recording in earnest," he continues. "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."

Will 'Clockwork Angels' continue where 'Snakes & Arrows' left off? "I think it's a little different than 'Snakes & Arrows,'" says Lee. "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 ['Angels' already-released first single] 'Caravan' and [its B-side] 'BU2B' sort of points in the direction that we're going."

Rush plan to hit the road in support of ‘Clockwork Angels,’ although Lee is hesitant to commit to a timetable for the jaunt. "Well, there will be a tour. I can't tell you exactly when," he says. "Maybe the summer or maybe the fall. We need some time to organize all that, but we have started to do that at the same time. But yes, there will be a follow-up tour to support the record."

After more than 20 years with Atlantic Records, Rush signed a deal with Roadrunner Records in August to release ‘Clockwork Angels.'