Canadian rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ian Thornley from Big Wreck visited the new SOCAN Vancouver office during a promotional tour for the band’s new (as yet untitled) album.

SOCAN Vancouver staff Paul Tansey, Pat Mueller, Coralie Hummel, Racquel Villagante, and Lea Faradian all got a chance to hear the first single from the album, “Locomotive,” in the brand-new Vancouver sound lounge/writer room. The SOCAN team was impressed by the guitar skills and powerful vocals on this high-energy rock song, as well as those on another single, “One More Chance.”

The album is produced by JUNO Award-winning producer, engineer, and mixer Eric Ratz. Thornley is travelling to various radio stations across Canada this week with Watchdog Management staff to promote the new Big Wreck album.

Big Wreck’s 1997 debut album, In Loving Memory, is certified double-platinum in Canada (180,000 units sold) and featured the chart-topping singles “Blown Wide Open,” “That Song,” and “The Oaf.” In 2002, the band broke up, but reunited in 2010, and their first single after that, “Albatross,” became their first No. 1 song at rock radio in Canada. Since then, they’ve recorded three new Big Wreck albums, and later this year they release their sixth studio album, followed by an extensive cross-Canada tour.