Thunder Dreamer – Tickets – The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA – May 9th, 2017

Thunder Dreamer

Mr. Smalls Presents

Thunder Dreamer

Jesse Denaro, Portrait People

Tue, May 9, 2017

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

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

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).
Jesse Denaro
Jesse Denaro writes simple songs about complex things: love, homelessness, faith, remorse, death, and God Himself. Phrases turn, emotions connect, and melodies soar. You sing along even though you've never heard the tune before.

Jesse writes from an inner perspective wrestling with things he can't change, yet knows his life has purpose when he cries out "Someone Save My Life." Jesse's song construction will take you to unexpected places but when you arrive you're pleasantly surprised; as in the case of his recognition as finalist in 2009 Billboard Contest for his CD "Speed of Light."

"SATISFACTION FROM
HELPING OTHERS
GROW IN THEIR GIFTS"

Jesse has a way of packing a venue as he draws the audience in with his unassuming style and genuine humility. You want to like him! And he delivers. Then you're hooked. He has an uncanny way of crossing demographics from teens to thirty-somethings where they miraculously intersect at the lyrics, arrangements, and the infectious melody lines. When you listen to songs like "More Than Man" and sense his struggle with his purpose and his faith, you marvel that this is a man of only 20 years. With tens of thousands of downloads & iTunes sales, thousands of Vimeo YouTube hits, his fan-base stretches farther than he can physically.

Although Jesse toured extensively up and down the east coast from MA to FL, he's entertained audiences at Illinois' Cornerstone Summer fest; packed coffeehouse venues in quaint Warwick; recorded material in Atlanta and honed his style in Savanna, Daytona Beach, and appeared on radio programs in Nyack, New York. Recently, Jesse has toured the east coast as the drummer with the band "von Wolfe." He has been a featured guest on several radio programs including World Radio program in Nyack, New York.

As if he wasn't busy enough, Jesse is completing his Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Full Sail University this summer. The satisfaction he gets from helping others grow in their gifts provides another area of satisfaction for this young man.

Jesse will succeed not because every song written will be a "hit" but because he has good taste and instinctively knows what hits an emotional "nerve", what will be memorable, and what just "feels right." You'll agree when you find Jesse's songs stuck in your head and slotted in your favorite playlist.
Venue Information:
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
400 Lincoln Ave
Millvale, PA, 15209