Located on an oxbow in the winding Ohio River, Evansville, IN doesn't immediately spring to mind as a musical center the way New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington D.C., or Austin does, nor was it the birthplace of a specific scene like Chapel Hill, Omaha, or Athens. It's a city where venues and record stores close up almost as quickly as they open, where pursuing a career in the arts is arguably perceived as a fool's errand, a desire that can easily be starved out due to a lack of resources and support.
But for the members of Thunder Dreamer, the city has imbued them with a fierce Midwestern work ethic alongside this sense of Midwestern pragmatism, a steely resolve to put down their heads in dogged pursuit of their dreams. And in this artistic isolation, the band creates expansive, evocative rock music with melodies as sinuous as the river that runs past their hometown.
Singer-guitarist Steven Hamilton writes of struggle, heartbreak, destructive tendencies, family, and the inherent selfishness of mankind across the eight heartfelt, searching songs on Capture, which was written throughout late 2014 through 2015, following the release of Thunder Dreamer's debut album, Lonesome Morning. The band tracked live to two-inch tape at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana with engineer Mike Bridavsky.