Considered part of either the prog rock or alternative genres, depending on who you ask, the Canadian quartet Big Wreck doesn't get caught up in labels, instead opting to focus on pumping out guitar-driven rock, infectious melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
Big Wreck's background
Lead vocalist Ian Thornley formed Big Wreck in Boston, Mass. in 1994, along with Brian Doherty (guitar), Forrest Williams (drums) and Dave Henning (bass). The members found each other while studying at the Berklee College of Music, and within a few years they released their debut album, In Loving Memory Of��_, on the Atlantic Records label.
Following an eight-year hiatus, Big Wreck reunited in 2010, and have now released five full-length albums.
Big Wreck's recordings and albums
The band's first release, In Loving Memory Of��_, hit the airwaves in 1997, climbing to No. 31 on Billboard's Heatseekers list and eventually earning a double-platinum rating. They released The Pleasure and the Greed, their last pre-hiatus album, in 2001.
After reconvening, Big Wreck recorded and released 2012's Albatross, which went on to reach No. 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart. Likewise, 2014's Ghosts also reached No. 5 on the Canadian Album Chart and No. 4 on the U.S. Heatseekers Chart.
"Albatross," from the album of the same name, climbed to No. 1 on the Canadian Rock Chart. Big Wreck have released 14 music videos over their career, including "Albatross," "Ghosts," "Hey Mama" and "Wolves."