Ian Fletcher Thornley

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Ian Fletcher Thornley

The Pick Brothers Band

Sun, December 13, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25 Advance

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Ian Fletcher Thornley
Ian Fletcher Thornley
Ian Thornley is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for multi-platinum selling hard rock outfits Big Wreck, and Thornley, but let’s put that aside for the time being. On his first solo album, Secrets, made as Ian Fletcher Thornley, he gets closer to the core of his musical identity than he ever has before. With 13 tracks that add up to a bold reflection of his artistic maturity, the album is slated for release on October 30, 2015 through Anthem Records/Warner Music Canada. Check out a sneak peek of the first single and title track for Secrets here: www.ianfletcherthornley.com. Pre-orders will be available on October 2nd and stay tuned for an exciting tour announcement.

Accompanied only by a rhythm section comprised of Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem and Big Wreck bassist Dave McMillan, Thornley’s vision for this highly personal project was brought to fruition with the aid of producer Mark Howard, a Hamilton, Ontario native who, along with being Daniel Lanois’ longtime right-hand man on albums with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and U2, also helmed acclaimed albums for artists including The Tragically Hip, Lucinda Williams and the late Chris Whitley.

“I’d thought about doing a solo acoustic album for years, but for me there’s only a handful of artists who I consider can really pull that off,” Thornley says. “So I took some of these songs I’d been working on under that premise, and started fleshing them out with Glenn and Dave, and that’s when a vision for this record really came together. I’ve always been a big fan of Mark’s, and I couldn’t think of anyone else better suited to produce this album.”

Relying on Howard’s “audio vérité” approach, Secrets was laid down in a remote Northern Ontario cottage during a concentrated blast of creative energy not long after the release of Big Wreck’s 2014 album, Ghosts.

A perfect combination of haunting melodies and sonic textures reveal a previously untapped well of emotional depth to Thornley’s songwriting for this album. Howard’s role was to capture the most honest performances of these songs, meaning click tracks or auto-tune were never an option. From the opening stomper, How Long, that set the hopeful tone of rebirth, leading into the meditative Feel, the compellingly hushed Just To Know I Can, and the breezy On My Way, everything on the album was captured just as it was performed. With this album, Thornley was able to explore different facets of his guitar playing, depending on each song’s mood.

Get ready to hear the ‘secret’ side of Ian Fletcher Thornley!
The Pick Brothers Band
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1

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