Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley on chasing new frontiers of “fuzzed-out, messed-up” sounds with Page-inspired riffs and super-heavy slide guitar

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“If I’m going for a real fuzzed-out, messed-up sound and it just sounds like we’ve used it before, it’s like, ‘Okay, we have to trip this up somehow.’”

This is Big Wreck singer-guitarist Ian Thornley digging into the tones behind 7.1, the first of three new EPs from the long-running, Toronto-based hard-rock troupe. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.