|Genres||Hard rock, post-grunge|
|Associated acts||Big Wreck, Art of Dying|
|Past members||Ian Thornley
Thornley was a Canadian post-grunge/hard rock band formed by Ian Thornley in 2002. The band was started when Thornley returned to Toronto after the break-up of his earlier band, Big Wreck. With the help of Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Thornley signed to Kroeger's 604 Records. The last line-up of the band as Thornley had Paulo Neta (guitar), Dave McMillan (bass guitar), Christopher Henry (drums) and the former member of Big Wreck Brian Doherty (guitar). As of 2010, this line-up plays under the name Big Wreck.
The band's first album, Come Again, was produced by Gavin Brown, and released on 604 Records in 2004. Thornley toured North America extensively after the album was released and Come Again was certified gold in Canada (50,000 units) by the CRIA, while also producing two No. 1 singles ("So Far So Good" and "Come Again"). Thornley was nominated for two Juno Awards in the wake of Come Again: New Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. Thornley's single "Come Again" was used in the intro video for the PlayStation Portable game ATV: Offroad Fury.
The band initially included Ken Tizzard (formerly of The Watchmen) on bass guitar and Sekou Lumumba (formerly of Edwin & The Pressure) on drums. However, in October 2005, for unknown reasons, they left Thornley and moved on to other personal projects. Thornley continued touring immediately.
According to Ian Thornley's October 2006 interview with Tina Peek of Crusher magazine, a second album was scheduled for release in early summer 2007. It was expected to be accompanied by a DVD entitled Thornley Live, which was shot across Canada in late 2005 by radio and television arts students from Ryerson University. In a November 2007 interview with the Oshawa based CKGE-FM 94.9 FM "The Rock", Ian Thornley confirmed that the new album was then due to be released in early 2009, suggesting the reason for the delay was that "it's a bit of a headache getting a record made these days through the channels of a label ... so many people have to be on board". He also identified the likely producer as Nick Raskulinecz.
On December 12, 2008, Thornley released the first single, "Make Believe", from their second album Tiny Pictures. The album itself was released on February 10, 2009. It was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Rush).
For their second album, Ian Thornley recorded all guitars on the record including lead and rhythm guitar as well as bass guitar. Daniel Adair, the drummer from the Canadian rock band Nickelback, played drums on the album. Chad Kroeger, also of Nickelback, co-wrote a track on the album with Ian Thornley along with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of Eleven, who also co-wrote some of the tracks.
Thornley also performed at Flemingpaloozza in Peterborough, Ontario, on September 7, 2009, as part of Fleming college's orientation.
Thornley was also featured at the Paralympics in Vancouver on March 12, 2010.
In 2010, Thornley and Brian Doherty rekindled their friendship which led to the latter filling in for a Thornley show, and then joining the band as they naturally reconnected as musicians.
The band embarked on a Canadian tour titled "An Evening with Thornley and Big Wreck". As a result of the tour's success, the band took on the Big Wreck name, and all existing members of Thornley effectively became members of Big Wreck.
In July 2011 Ian Thornley left 604 records and signed with Anthem/SRO. His new manager is Andy Curran. A new album by Big Wreck, Albatross, has been recorded and was scheduled to be released on March 6, 2012.
- Ian Thornley - vocals, lead guitar (2002–2011)
- Paulo Neta - rhythm guitar (2009–2011) also in Black Rail; formerly of My Darkest Days and Hurst
- Brian Doherty - rhythm guitar (2010–2011)
- Dave McMillian - bass guitar (2010–2011)
- Brad Park - drums (2011)
- Ken Tizzard - bass guitar (2002–2005,2011) in The Watchmen
- Christopher Henry - drums (2010–2011)
- Sekou Lumumba - drums (2002–2005) now in Heavy Young Heathens and Ben Kenney's band; formerly of Edwin & the Pressure and Goodbye Glory
- Liam Killeen - drums (2006)
- Tavis Stanley - guitar (2005–2009) now in Art of Dying
- Cale Gontier - bass guitar (2005–2010) also in Art of Dying; former guitar technician for Three Days Grace
- Eric Paul - drums (2005–2010) formerly of Big Sugar
- Patrick Benti - rhythm guitar (2009)
|2004||Come Again||167||7||604 Records / Roadrunner Records|
|2009||Tiny Pictures||-||13||604 Records / Universal Music Group|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2004||"So Far So Good"||—||2||27||15||Come Again|
|"All Comes Out In the Wash"2||—||—||—||—|
|2008||"Make Believe"||48||4||—||—||Tiny Pictures|
|"Conscience & Consequence" 2||—||32||—||—|
|2010||"Man Overboard" 2||—||9||—||—|
1 : U.S. single only
2 : Canadian single only
|2005||New Group of the Year||Thornley||Nominated|
|Rock Album of the Year||"Come Again"||Nominated|