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Big Wreck Coming to Det April 6; Just Released 1st New Album in 10 Years

| 5 March 2013 | Reply


Critics have been raving about ALBATROSS, Big Wreck’s first new album in more than 10 years. REVOLVER magazine gave the record 3 ½ out of 4 stars and praised the band for knowing how to “bring the heavy.” GUITAR PLAYER spotlighted the album as an “Editor’s Fave” and lauded its “massive guitar sounds.” TOTAL GUITAR magazine gave the album 3 stars and compared vocalist/guitarist Ian Thornley to both Chris Cornell and Jimmy Page. CLASSIC ROCK magazine wrote that “Albatross signals the kind of blistering return that even the band themselves must have previously thought unlikely.” GUITAR WORLD called Albatross “an electrifying album of gut-crunching rock and roll.”

Fans can hear Big Wreck playing much of ALBATROSS during their April 6th show at Shelter, which precedes the band’s upcoming Canadian tour with Motley Crue.

Co-produced by Big Wreck vocalist/guitarist Ian Thornley and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats) and executive-produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains), ALBATROSS already made its mark in Canada, debuting at No. 5 on SoundScan’s Top 200 Album Chart. The album’s early success was fueled by its blistering lead single/title track “Albatross,” which held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian rock radio charts for six weeks.

When we last saw Big Wreck, the band was touring in support of 2001’s sophomore album, The Pleasure and the Greed. Outside pressures and a major label machine whose parts were no longer in sync led to a band break-up one year later. It was a disappointing end for the group, who had formed in Boston after Thornley and guitarist Brian Doherty met as students at the Berklee College of Music. After several years of gigging around the area, the band signed a record deal and released debut album In Loving Memory Of… in 1997.

So what led to the reunion? The simple answer is the rekindled friendship between Thornley and Doherty, who hadn’t spoken in years. “I just missed him,” says Ian. “I called him just to hang out but of course knew the chemistry would be there.” Brian echoes the sentiment: “We got together and started doing the same things as when we first met, on both a personal and musical level. It seemed to make complete sense.”

One listen to ALBATROSS and it’s clear that Big Wreck is picking up where it left off. There’s no mistaking the voice, the virtuosity of playing or the pen with which it was written. Ask Ian Thornley if Big Wreck of 2012 is the Big Wreck that called it a day back in 2002 and he sees this as a natural extension. “It’s still the same thing,” he says. “I’m still looking to get off and get that feeling. I’m still searching for the perfect thing. I hope I never find it.”


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