Big Wreck's Ian Thornley: "The greatest reward is chasing down the connection with the instrument and being able to slay with one note"

Big Wreck's Ian Thornley with one of his favorite Suhr guitars (Image credit: Sandra-Lee Layden)

“I still feel like an imposter when I hang out with the shredder guys,” says Big Wreck frontman and guitarist Ian Thornley. “I think of myself as a writer, a singer and a guitarist.”

That said, a cursory listen to the Canadian rockers’ new album, …But for the Sun, reveals that Thornley is doing himself a serious disservice. In reality, he has the kind of chops that leave most guitarists quaking in their boots. Then you need to factor in his ability to write and sing instantly memorable songs.

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.