Having gone to see Big Wreck many years ago, and then seeing them at 919 night club in Victoria this past weekend two things come to mind. How much we've missed this band, and what a great singer Ian Thornley is. Even in the train wreck of a sound killing cavern that the former Element Night Club is, (no fault of the club, it just is what it is) Thornley's voice was able to rise up and spellbound the crowd. Hearing the songs off the new album "Albatross" played live for the first time it seemed that the band had picked up seamlessly from where they left off with thier second album.
After rising to become one of Canada’s favourite guitar-driven bands in the late 90′s, Big Wreck imploded in a big way after the release of their second record The Pleasure and The Greed. Although Thornley went on to see success with his post-Wreck project Thornley, the lure and legacy of Big Wreck was too big to ignore.
Luckily for us, Big Wreck have returned with their highly anticipated third full-length album Albatross. Produced by Thornley, alongside executive producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush) and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats), Albatross was released to much deserved acclaim on March 6 through Anthem/Warner Music in Canada.
Albatross is the same Big Wreck, only different. Fresh yet familiar, there's no mistaken the voice, and the virtuosity of the playing.
If you were a Big Wreck fan the first go round, check out Albatross. You won't be disapointed.