Thunder Dreamer

Thunder Dreamer

Extra Medium Pony, Brian Straw

Sat · March 3, 2018

8:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Thunder Dreamer
Thunder Dreamer
The words “We will destroy the Earth and all we’ve made” taken in their most literal form appear to be strikingly brutal. Approach it via its position in the opening track on Thunder Dreamer’s new LP, however, and the tone feels altogether more enigmatic and alluring. With its crushingly somber delivery, the words immediately create a palpable and dark romantic mood that sets the tone for the album to come. Indicative of a record that never once settles, even when it opens up into far more embracing moments of splendor, "Why Bother" immediately plunges the listener in to the heart of Thunder Dreamer’s work: ‘Capture,' the band’s most fully realized and affecting work to-date.

Released in May via 6131 Records (Julien Baker, Touché Amoré), 'Capture' takes the stifling small-town isolation that has peppered the bands work thus far — through their 2013 eponymous EP and 2015’s debut LP — and imbues it with the things that have always led to the most endearing of rock and roll records: hardships and heartaches, lethargy and crushing indifference in the face of it all. Absorbing such things from the Midwestern heartland they call home, that tough, resilient authenticity runs through the band’s new record like hot blood through cold, hard-working limbs.

Sprawling out across eight monumental tracks, 'Capture' finds frontman Steven Hamilton in torch-bearing form. Once his solo project but now expanded to a four-piece, Thunder Dreamer specialize in writing songs that feel remarkably human. The emotional connections to the people and places that fade in and out of the record are not just a pertinent inclusion, but a vital one. Even when the band are crafting a gleaming slice of Americana — think Whiskeytown at their most opulent, or Songs: Ohia's rollicking pomp — the whole thing is underpinned by an overwhelming poignancy.

Some five years on from their initial outing, Thunder Dreamer offer an about-turn on ‘Capture,' shaping the rawness of their previous work in to something altogether more complete and substantial; a gritty take on the great American songbook, with its arms and heart left open to all.

Thunder Dreamer is: Steven Hamilton (vocals, guitar), Corey Greenfield (drums), Alex Wallwork (bass), and Zach Zint (piano).
Extra Medium Pony
Extra Medium Pony
The endearing and emotional indie rock of Cleveland vet Rick Spitalsky.
Brian Straw
Brian Straw
Imagine an urgent Leonard Cohen armed only with whisky and a blown tube amplifier, lost in the sprawling Midwest, driving his solitary heart toward an uncertain future. Exploding the usually hidden place between love and sadness, where melody and hope tiptoe warily. As though climbing the arching tree to recover the fallen bird's nest … Brian Straw grew up in Richmond, Indiana, an idle town off I-70 that first set the tone for the soundtrack Straw carried with him. Songs began to pour out of him there and the town's windows cracked open as the hearts and ears that Straw implored began to listen. To harness his creative impulses Straw left Indiana and drifted from New York City to Bellingham, Washington and a few places in between. Garnering a base of supporters and critical praise along the way, Straw has toured nationally, sharing the stage with the likes of Calexico, the Black Heart Procession, Andrew Bird and Devendra Banhart. As an independent operator Straw has self-released two EP's and two albums. In 2001 his first full length album 'once you're lost you're encouraged to stay lost' and the EP 'Backfeed Pools' were released, to be followed in 2003 by the live collection, 'what finds you is not yours, what leaves you is not stolen.' In 2004 , 'Bleeding Sun', an EP recorded with backing band, the Six Parts Seven, was also released. As a collaborator with the acclaimed instrumental band, the Six Parts Seven (Suicide Squeeze Rec.), Straw turned in a twelve minute opus for their remix album, 'Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs', complete with ghostly samples, ebbing soundscapes, delicate banjo, and his mournful baritone voice - a performance 'Splendid' highlights as "an epic but intimate gothic ballad that recalls recent Nick Cave." … Currently between Cleveland and Brooklyn, Straw recently finished work on his most focused album yet, the release of which will soon be announced. Also currently booking West Coast and European dates for summer 2006.
Venue Information:
Mahall's
13200 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH, 44107
http://www.mahalls20lanes.com/