Big Wreck ready to rock in Kamloops

Dave McMillan (left), Brian Doherty, Ian Thornley, Brad Park and Paulo Neta — known collectively as Big Wreck — perform in Kamloops on Monday, Dec. 17 -
Dave McMillan (left), Brian Doherty, Ian Thornley, Brad Park and Paulo Neta — known collectively as Big Wreck — perform in Kamloops on Monday, Dec. 17
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After a 10-year hiatus, Big Wreck is back and poised to demolish the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops on Monday, Dec. 17.

Its 2012 release Albatross won two CASBY awards —which recognize award for independent and alternative music — for Favourite New Album and Favourite New Single (for the title track).

The revamped lineup consists of founding members Ian Thornley (vocals and guitar) and Brian Doherty (guitar), as well as new members Paulo Neta (guitar), Dave McMillan (bass) and Brad Park (drums).

Thornley says the album’s name is “not necessarily referring to a giant seagull,” adding, “I’m really, really proud of it.  I think it’s the best work we’ve done.”

Big Wreck initially formed during Thornley’s time at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

“All the guys from the original lineup were in the same dorms as I was,” Thornley recalls.

“I set some sort of record for noise infractions and so was moved.”

The origin of the band’s name is attributed to guitarist Doherty.

Thornley says it is one of many “colourful expressions from the New York area” they could use as it wasn’t “too profane.”

Thornley wrote all the songs on Albatross.

His technique involves humming a melody into his phone and bringing it to his home studio to sketch it out.

He doesn’t worry about the band’s ability to fill in the rest, as they are “so dialed into the music that they’re going to do it right.”

He praises his bandmates as “quite masterful for wearing different hats for different songs.”

For aspiring musicians, Thornley’s advice is to practise constantly.

On a five-day vacation in Newfoundland, he didn’t bring a guitar, saying it was the longest he’s gone without since college.

Despite an album gap of a decade, Big Wreck is bigger and louder than ever.

With three guitarists, its sound is sure to fill everyone’s ears with a harmonic explosion of rock and roll.

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