Listed to 7.2 this week as the first BW music I have ever really listened to and man my mind is blown! Amazing songwriting, guitar playing, singing and everything else. Can't believe I never bothered listening to them. Amazing stuff!
You're not wrong. New material seems to have less air and dynamics.
Would definitely agree on that. Even though I got used to the production on the last records eventually.I do find the production of the newer records to be a bit less hi-fi than "Albatross" and "Ghosts". Maybe it's just my old headphones, but the productions don't breathe as much. There's a lack of clarity and punch and space. The songwriting, playing and vocals on Big Wreck records is always stellar, but "Albatross" and "Ghosts" sounded way better than the newer records. Why? Nick Raskulinecz. Get that guy back, band. You sounded best with him as lead producer.
The best sounding record Ian Thornley did "Come again". Gavin Brown really knows how to produce.This is my one problem with Big Wreck. I feel they’ve been let down by the production on all the records I’ve listened to. There’s great tones on there, but they are pretty much hard crushed in mastering (assumption).
I bet in a live context the tunes really come to life. Lots of talent in that band.
Yeah, they don't call him "Golden Gavin" for nothing. That guy somehow managed to churn out radio-ready rock hits that also don't sound compressed to absolute crap. There's still a lot of dynamics in the mix, and the drums have that punch I want from a rock mix.I remember liking that one a whole lot…good point!
IIRC the expectation in velvet revolver was that Ian Thornley would not be allowed to play guitar…and that didn’t sit well with him; in part because he didn’t feel comfortable without a guitar strapped around his neck.Yeah, they don't call him "Golden Gavin" for nothing. That guy somehow managed to churn out radio-ready rock hits that also don't sound compressed to absolute crap. There's still a lot of dynamics in the mix, and the drums have that punch I want from a rock mix.
"Come again" was supposed to make Ian Thornley into a big rock star, as far as I know. How or why that record didn't propel him more into the mainstream outside of Canada is mind boggling to me. I do know that at one point Velvet Revolver wanted Ian as their lead singer, after Weiland left. I think that didn't work out because Ian is also a way, way, way better guitar player than Slash. He said in an interview that he is a guitar player first, and being in a band where he had to do more standard frontman stuff without a guitar was just not going to work. It's a shame he didn't do one record, just so we could hear what that would have sounded like.
Yeah, that would have been like asking Chris Cornell to just play guitar in your band while some other guy sang.IIRC the expectation in velvet revolver was that Ian Thornley would not be allowed to play guitar…and that didn’t sit well with him; in part because he didn’t feel comfortable without a guitar strapped around his neck.
Big Wreck having some fun at a hot show in Halifax a couple of days back.
I know I sound like a shill. The messenger is flawed, but the message is worthy. If you've never given Big Wreck a shot, do it now. Draws on classic roots but is a powerfully forward looking statement. 25 years in and Ian is making some of the best music in his catalog.
I fanboy gushed about it here.
Listen here as you read….. 5 song 7.2 playlist This is my PURELY UNBIASED review of Big Wreck’s second of three 5 song EP’s entitled 7.2. It’s a banger. So as most of you know, I have been listening to this whole collection for quite some time. I even shared some unsolicited opinions with Ian (I...jamesbukowiec.substack.com
This is a playlist of all 5 on 7.2. 25 min goes by fast... then repeat.