Big Wreck

Canadian-American neo-prog hard rock outfit Big Wreck were formed by Ian Thornley (vocals, guitar), Brian Doherty (guitar), Dave Henning (bass), and Forrest Williams (drums). The quartet members met in the early '90s when they were studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Eventually, the four spent more time jamming together than attending class, and they soon decided to leave school to form Big Wreck. The group became a fixture around Boston and Cambridge, regularly playing local stages. After spending several years rehearsing and playing concerts, Big Wreck landed a contract with Atlantic Records in 1997. Their debut album, In Loving Memory Of..., was released in the fall of that year. Their sophomore effort, The Pleasure & the Greed, arrived in 2001, but after its poor commercial showing, the band broke up. Ian Thornley formed a new band, simply called Thornley, but after reconnecting with Big Wreck guitarist Doherty some ten years later, he took his band, along with Doherty, into the studio and recorded Albatross, which appeared in 2012 under the Big Wreck name. The slightly more prog rock-sounding Ghosts arrived in 2014, and was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the Juno Awards the following year. In late 2016 Big Wreck issued the single "One Good Piece of Me" in anticipation of the release of their fifth studio long-player, Grace Street, which arrived in February 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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