Sam Vicari started out like most: idolizing bands and quietly recording bedroom demos onto cassette tapes. Growing up in Northwest Indiana made it fairly easy to retreat to Chicago on weekends to immerse himself in a city known for exceptional music. He excitedly attended dozens of shows, once accidentally catching a punch to the face from Mike Hard of the seminal noise-rock band God Bullies (don’t worry, it was awesome and everyone was fine).
He went on to release his first proper full-length, Keep Careful, in 2010. Chicagoist called the record “an undiscovered gem” and even named it one of the best local releases of the year, despite his Indiana address (shhhh…). In 2012, Vicari finally DID move to Chicago and immediately began recording his second record. That record, Heart Explosion, was independently released in the summer of 2013, accompanied by weeks of national touring and airplay on Bagel Radio (San Francisco), WLUW (Chicago), KXSC (Los Angeles), KPSU (Portland), and many others. His third record, Giving Up, released in 2015, was featured on KEXP (Seattle), and was reviewed by The Big Takeover as “A winner...Vicari’s effortless melodicism; punky, crunching guitars; and winsome vocals reminds us of Apples In Stereo...a fun-packed blast of pure power-pop energy."
Blunt, released in 2017 was recorded in Seattle by Hutch Harris of The Thermals. Impose Magazine reviewed it as “For anyone that has ever found themselves falling in love with some of the most evocative chords on the planet, Sam Vicari should be the top artists to check out on the top of all lists for lovers of the greatest and most powerful pop around."