Big Wreck Shares Details Of New Album, Tour


Big Wreck on Monday announced details of a new album, …but for the sun, and new tour dates.

The album, produced by Eric Ratz and the band’s frontman Ian Thornley, will be released Aug. 30.

It’s a “no bulls**t return to loud rock and roll,” Thornley promised, in a release. The band has already shared two singles from the collection – “Locomotive” and “Too Far Gone” – and dropped “One More Chance” on Monday.

“I’ll never really be able to bend to whatever’s going on in the marketplace,” Thornley told in 2016. “I might get lucky one of these days when the marketplace will bend around to whatever we’re doing, and that’s the best way.

“At the end of the day what you really want to do is please yourself musically and artistically and have something there that you’re very proud of and something that moves you, as opposed to wondering if this will move someone else.”

Big Wreck was formed in the early ‘90s while Thornley was attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. The band's debut album, 1997’s In Loving Memory Of… spawned hit singles like “The Oaf” and “Blown Wide Open” and went double-platinum in Canada.

But, what seemed like the start of something big turned out to be a wreck. Not long after the release in 2001 of sophomore album The Pleasure and the Greed — a commercial flop — the band broke up.

Thornley reconnected with guitarist Brian Doherty and recorded 2012’s Albatross under the name Big Wreck. The band was back.

Doherty was diagnosed with terminal cancer while working on …but the sun late last year in Toronto and died in June. (Big Wreck is donating $2 from tickets sold to an Aug. 9 show in Doherty’s hometown Sarnia to the Canadian Cancer Society.)

Tickets for the …but for the sun tour, which runs Sept. 18 to Dec. 20 and includes 26 Canadian cities, go on sale June 26.