Based in the Chicago suburbs, Brandon Von Vacik is an artist who is not ashamed or afraid to bare his emotions. His latest release, A Guide to Finding Out You’re Not Special, shines a light on the trials of Von Vacik’s life and shares some of his deepest fears, insecurities and regrets out loud for everyone to hear. Yet even through the sorrow, disappointment, and rage, there are lingering notes of hope and vindication.
Over the past two decades, singer/songwriter Brandon Von Vacik has become an integral part of the Chicago music scene, thrilling audiences as a solo artist & frontman for various projects, including the popular Alt/Rock cover band Pinion. Playing legendary venues like the House Of Blues Chicago, The Wire, Beat Kitchen, Cobra Lounge & more, Von Vacik is an essential figure in the local circuit - and with good reason.
In 2018, Von Vacik made the pivotal decision to record and release solo material. Beginning with a stellar seven-song debut record, Dream In Stereo, Von Vacik seized an opportunity to explore a different range of sound and a new level of artistry. With the love, support, and enthusiasm of the local scene as an inspiration, Von Vacik released singles 33 and Adaline the following year, building on the latest chapter of his career by breaking ground in Americana and Pop-Rock.
The 2021 release of his new album, A Guide To Finding Out You’re Not Special, affirms Von Vacik’s rightful place within the scene. This record is loaded with gripping twists and turns, powerfully soulful vocals, and deeply insightful songwriting. Drawing comparisons to artists like Johnny Rzeznik, Tom Petty, Billy Corgan, Dave Pirner, and Stephen Jenkins, Von Vacik’s bend towards the Alt-90s sound is emphasized in a versatile setlist of ten songs that do the genre justice while exploring new ground.
This remarkable album includes a refreshed version of the emotional Saints In Purgatory, a faithful rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls hit Broadway, and a spectacular acoustic take on the Smashing Pumpkins song 1979. The innate X-factor identifying Von Vacik as a standout performer over the years is revealed and celebrated in this extraordinary lineup. As humble as he is charismatic, Von Vacik is eager to return to the hearts and minds of his fans with this noteworthy new record. Join him in this timeless musical revelation.