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Heart Explosion - Sam Vicari


RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2013
FORMATS: Physical, Digital

Band Members

Sam Vicari: Vocals, Guitar


Sam Vicari grew up in Crown Point, IN. He spent his high school years playing in various bands while learning to write simple guitar-pop songs. He recorded numerous demos and EPs until finally recording his first proper full-length, Keep Careful, which was released in April of 2010. While attending college to become an Elementary School teacher, Sam played a number of shows around neighboring Chicago and the Midwest. Even though Keep Careful was released independently, it did manage to get a fair amount of press and recognition. Chicagoist would even go on to name it one of their favorite local releases of 2010.

In January 2012, Vicari moved to Chicago and immediately began working with Nathaniel Scott Cook (Liam Hayes, The Poison Control Center) on his second record. Fully funding the record through his full time job tutoring 5th and 6th graders in mathematics (and another part time job as a Starbucks barista), Vicari and Cook spent three weeks tracking at Chicago’s MINBAL recording studio. The end result, Heart Explosion, will be released in the summer of 2013.


“Vicari has such openness in his delivery that we never grow tired of it. His themes are universal, his delivery is simple, and his commitment is complete.” - Chicagoist

“With his geek-sheik thick rimmed glasses and mustard colored cardigans, you get the experience of a true nerd rocker. I see a big, big future for Vicari.” - Loud Loop Press

“Why this guy is unsigned I’ll never guess…” - Powerpopaholic


Wednesday June 5th 2013. Pop Geek Heaven Has Arrived! @ http://powerpopoverdose.blogspot.com.au

Sam Vicari keeps it simple. The Chicago-based Vicari's songs have an electric pulse, but bear the imprint of a singer / songwriter, with themes touching on heartbreak, alienation and Midwestern ennui. That's not to say that the record is a sad-sack, cry in your beer lament. Vicari harnesses the power pop hooks and sunny on the outside exterior of classic 90s alternative acts, recalling Pinkerton-era Weezer, Bob Mould's poppier Sugar moments, and the smart, biting lyricism that has given Superdrag such longevity. "My favorite bands and musicians have always been the ones who are very simple, sincere, and honest in their delivery," says Vicari. "I guess I strive for the same thing. I don’t really like to premeditate; I just let things come out the way they do."

In keeping with his humble vibe, Vicari was raised in a small Indiana town before moving to Chicago. After a series of demos and EPs, his proper debut LP Keep Careful was released independently while Vicari was attending college to become an elementary school teacher. Garnering marked press and a cult audience, the album went on to be named one of Chicagoist's favorite local releases. Fast forward to 2012, and we have Vicari's followup Heart Explosion, fully funded through profits of tutoring math to 5th and 6th graders, and through a part-time Starbucks barista gig.

It's this humble sincerity, and workingman integrity that informs every track onHeart Explosion, along with twenty-something heartbreak and healing. "It was my first year out of college, and I didn’t really have any idea what I was going to do next," says Vicari. "I had put a lot of hope and energy into jobs and relationships just to have them fall through, which was really discouraging. I was working all the time, so I was pretty tired. It was definitely the right environment to write a record like this one.

Utilizing guitar overdubs and recorded on tape, Heart Explosion comes alive with a verve and rawness absent from so much overproduced, alt-pop these days. "We bought 3 reels of 2 inch tape for $25 dollars per reel," recalls Vicari. That’s absurdly cheap. Since our tape was old and used, it made the record sound a little rough and washed out, but it still has the power of tape. I’m really proud of the way everything came out."

June 9th 2013. Freakin' weekend @ theunexcused.com

Chicago transplant via Indiana, Sam Vicari writes simple and elegant guitar drive pop. “Heart Explosion” is the perfect track for the Freakin’ Weekend, providing a nice soundtrack for a drive to the beach or lazy Sunday. Heart Explosion, which is due out later this summer, was entirely funded by Vicari via the tutoring of 5th & 6th graders while also working as a barista – a true passion project, which will hopefully lead to bigger and better things for the talented singer-songwriter.

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