It's been 12 years since Big Wreck's last album, but that absence -- specifically of guitarist Brian Doherty -- made frontman Ian Thornley's heart grow fonder.
"The way Big Wreck ended the first time left a bit of a sore spot," says Thornley, 40, who formed Big Wreck during 1994 in Boston, with Doherty and two other fellow students from the Berklee College of Music. He subsequently formed a new band that bears his surname and released two albums, but still, Thornley says, "I just missed Brian as a buddy, because we were so tight for so long.
"I missed my brother. I don't think anybody was harboring any grudges or anything. He was my roommate in college, someone I've known for half my life, so it was just nice to reconnect with an old friend."
Doherty stepped into the Thornley band when its other guitarist, Paulo Neta, couldn't make a scheduled concert in Edmonton. That cemented the deal; Doherty joined the band and Thornley became Big Wreck, releasing a new album, "Albatross," last year in Canada and this year in the U.S.
"I wasn't going in to make a Big Wreck album, that's for sure," says Thornley, adding that using the name "didn't sit right with me at first. It felt like we'd be going backwards. But people started coming up with reasons why it was a good idea.
"Then somebody had put a Big Wreck sticker on the track sheet in the studio. Every time I looked at it, I saw Big Wreck. So after trying that on for a couple of weeks, I came around and was like, 'OK, let's get on with it.' "
Big Wreck and Core Effect perform Saturday, April 6, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-8961 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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