Canadian rock powerhouses Big Wreck and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback have joined forces on the thunderous new song “Middle of Nowhere,” available now at radio and all digital retailers and streaming services. The song is co-produced by Big Wreck frontman Ian Thornley and Kroeger.
Thornley and Kroeger have been friends for many years and have always toyed with the idea of working together on a project again, but with both bands constantly on the road, schedules never aligned. The global pandemic provided them with an opportunity. Last fall, Thornley and Big Wreck bassist Dave McMillan spent a week isolated at Kroeger’s house in BC. They brought with them the concept of “Middle of Nowhere” and worked on it with Kroeger throughout the week. Big Wreck put the finishing touches on the recording in Toronto a few months later, but most of what fans will hear was created during that week at Kroeger’s home studio.
“Being able to get in a room and work with Chad from start to finish on a song is a hell of a trip,” said Thornley. “For Big Wreck, this song is a unique exploration into the more straight up rock song. Naturally working with someone who is no stranger to hit songs, we were able to capture the essence of a hooky, fun, rock song, while putting the Big Wreck sound to it. It’s a good bridge for us to get fans some music while they wait for all the other new music to touch down!”
Big Wreck (Thornley, McMillan, guitarist Chris Caddell and drummer Sekou Lumumba) have announced three summer shows: a live stream as part of Supercrawl on July 1; July 2 at Peterborough’s drive-in PTBOLive Summer Concert Series; and July 3 at Toronto’s City View Drive-In.
Formed in in the mid-‘90s, Big Wreck remains one of the highest regarded rock bands in Canada, and music fans around the world know them as one of the most prolific groups on earth. With dozens of radio anthems, platinum albums, and millions of tickets sold, the band is excited to start releasing their seventh studio project later this year, being produced by Ian Thornley with Eric Ratz. There is a new energy in Big Wreck that hasn’t been seen before, and with new music on the horizon, the band is set to embark on the biggest chapter of their career.