Approximate running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
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With special guests: Texas King & Vilivant In the early weeks of 2020, the members of Big Wreck were returning home after a heavy few months of touring, ready to settle into a cyclical period of workshopping and woodshedding new material. Of course, an emerging global pandemic unwelcomely extended a few months of creative respite into nearly a year-and-a-half of inactivity and uncertainty. But borrowing whatever adage you’d like about lemonade or open windows, frontman Ian Thornley and his bandmates decided to take full advantage of the downtime. “It was a crazy and uncertain time, but I kind of fell right into my rhythm,” Thornley recalls. “I’d come into my basement writing room and just lock it all away and start following leads - riffs from soundchecks or old phone recordings. There are sounds we’ve never gone for before that I’ve secretly always wanted to try, so the attitude was kind of, ‘If not now, when?’” Following that lengthy span of experimentation and gestation, the band hit the studio with revered producer Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells) returning behind the board. The result is a wealth of riches for the Big Wreck faithful and new fans alike; 15 tracks divided into three EPs that capture the essence of every entry in their celebrated back catalogue while pushing into some unexplored sonic territory. The moratorium on live concerts through the pandemic may be the biggest curveball of his career, considering Big Wreck’s penchant and reputation for impactful performances. They’re hungry to get back to bombarding audiences with their signature brand of rock, and fortunately, their latest work was seemingly built for the big festival stages and headlining runs. Indeed, from both the stereo and stage, Big Wreck are sure to leave fans satiated and, considering the breadth of fresh and familiar sounds in their latest tour de force, anticipating where they might musically venture next.