Big Wreck, the Canadian rock powerhouse led by critically lauded guitarist and singer Ian Thornley, have announced their new album, Grace Street, which will be released by ole/Rounder on February 3.
Their first collaboration with co-producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Grace Street is the epitome of sonic diversity, from the heavy grooving “One Good Piece of Me” to the epic seven-minute instrumental “Skybunk Marché,” resulting in a trip that lead singer Ian Thornley feels no previous Big Wreck album has taken a listener on before. “Musically, I’m still searching for the stuff that turns me on and takes me somewhere,” says Thornley. “You want to be brought to tears or have the hair on your neck stand up, and if the search for that takes you to new territory, then so be it. You have to follow. It’s like chasing a high, and Garth feels that just as much as we do.”
Grace Street follows the group’s 2014 JUNO-nominated album Ghosts, but more significantly, front man Ian Thornley’s 2015 debut solo outing Secrets, which saw him expand his songwriting range while taking a more spontaneous approach in the studio. Those elements continue to be explored on Grace Street.
Formed in the early 90s while all members were attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Big Wreck saw early success when their debut album, 1997’s In Loving Memory Of…, garnered the band three Top 10 singles (“The Oaf,” “That Song,” and “Blown Wide Open”), and a double platinum certification in their native Canada.
Disbanding shortly after the release of their sophomore record The Pleasure and the Greed, Big Wreck reunited in 2012 after a decade-long hiatus with the release of Albatross, which debuted at #5 on the Top 200 SoundScan chart in Canada (their highest debut to date) and hit #25 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart.
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