The MusicNerd Q&A With Big Wreck

Photo by Brooks Reynolds
Photo by Brooks Reynolds

This past Tuesday, Canadian rock band Big Wreck unleashed their excellent new record, Ghosts, upon the world. For fans fearing the group might have taken a different musical direction for their latest offering, you can put those fears to rest as Big Wreck deliver an album chalk full of guitar riffy goodness, backed by an impeccable rhythm section that never fails to find their groove.

Ian Thornley, Big Wreck’s guitarist and vocalist, spoke with The MusicNerd Chronicles earlier this week about being comfortable in their own skin and how easily the group’s last two records have come together.

Congratulations on the new album! Does it feel good to know it is finally available for public consumption after sitting on it for a number of months?

It feels really good. I am really proud of the record so if people are turned on by it as much as I am, that’s just gravy. Honestly, I don’t have any expectations for anything anymore when it comes to the band.

Did the band feel comfortable sticking with the notion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” this time around?

In a different interview, I was asked how this record differs from the last one and honestly, we deliberately stuck with the template we used for Albatross. We brought producer Nick Raskulinecz and Eric Ratz to help us realize this album. Rather than needing to worry about a constant back and forth with a record label over which songs work and which ones might not, things were much more streamlined in making this record. Everything just ran a little smoother. The process of making these last two records has been easy peasy.

One of the things I found interesting about the album was that despite over half of the songs running more than five minutes in length, the songs and arrangements are kept interesting enough to keep the listener’s attention throughout the record.

Writing long songs can get self-indulgent and be seen as such but I firmly believe that everything that is in these songs is there for a reason. It’s not as though we were running out of ideas and so we decided on stretching out the songs to fill in time. It’s the kind of thing that you either get or you don’t. If you don’t happen to like the long outro on one specific song, just skip to the next one. It’s cool. [laughs]