Ian Fletcher Thornley’s long awaited first solo album, Secrets, was released on October 30th through Anthem Records/Warner Music Canada. Hamilton fans will get a taste of this new offering when Ian performs in Hamilton on Dec. 15th.
Ian is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for multi-platinum selling hard rock outfits Big Wreck, and Thornley. 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.
To check out a full stream of the first single and title track Secrets, and to order the new album, visit www.ianfletcherthornley.com.
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.
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.
Come out on December 15th and discover Thornley for yourself!
December 15 – Hamilton, ON – Molson Canadian Studio
December 16 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
*2016 dates to be announced soon!