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My American Heart
Origin San Diego, California, USA
Genres Emo, indie rock, pop punk, alternative rock
Years active 2001–2009
Labels Warcon (2005-2009)
Associated acts Weatherbox, Pierce the Veil, Thursday, Paramore
Past members Larry Soliman
Jesse Barrera
Dustin Hook
Jake Kalb
Nick Logan
Matthew VanGasbeck
Steven Oira
Jeremy Mendez
Brian Warren
Clint Delgado

My American Heart was an American rock band from San Diego, California, formed in 2001. Originally named No Way Out, the band released two studio albums through Warcon Enterprises and toured the world before disbanding in late 2009. At the time of their break-up, the band consisted of Larry Soliman on vocals, Jesse Barrera and Nick Logan on guitar, Dustin Hook on bass, and Jake Kalb on drums.


My American Heart gained local fame from many local SoCal venues from which they played. Due to legal troubles concerning their name, the band changed their name from No Way Out to My American Heart to reflect the ethnic and national duality the original members identified with. The band made their first big break winning the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands. As popularity grew, the band was pressured to play at larger venues farther from home, causing Clint Delgado to leave the band to focus on his education. The band played the Taste of Chaos tour in 2005 with a four-piece. Shortly after the tour the band recorded the full-length album The Meaning in Makeup with producer Sal Villanueva released on Kevin Lyman's label, Warcon, in fall 2005. While on Warped Tour, the band picked up bassist Dustin Hook.

During the summer of 2006 original guitarist, Jeremy Mendez left the band. My American Heart picked up guitarist Matt "Spud" VanGasbeck (Downtown Singapore) before heading out on their last tour before they went into the studio to record "Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather" with producer James Paul Wisner.

It was announced on the Soundwave (Australian music festival) tour that Steve Oira would leave the band after tour due to a mutual agreement. Jake Kalb (ex-The Fold/New Atlantic/The Suicide Pact) has replaced him on drums.

My American Heart recently announced on MySpace page that they are currently writing for their new album. On April 14, 2008 Jesse Barrera announced on his website (jessebarrera.com) that they were no longer on Warcon Records, "The label that we were on for four years just folded and now we’re currently in the most interesting legal situation ever, which I won’t get into"

In early July 2009, Jesse Barrera announced on his website that he was leaving My American Heart.

In October 2009, it was announced through members of the band that they would be disbanding following a few final shows.

In early October 2009, Jesse Barrera made four demo tracks available on his website. The songs were intended for their third studio album that will now likely never be released. The demos are Unravel, Pain, Lost Inside Of You, and Circa.

Two more demos have been released titled, Heart Attack and Shine Your Light, also thought to be intended for their third studio album.

My American Heart played two reunion shows on February 3 and 4, 2012 at The Epicentre in San Diego, CA and Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA, respectively.


No Way Out[edit]

My American Heart[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

Former Members[edit]

  • Larry Soliman
  • Jesse Barrera
  • Dustin Hook
  • Jake Kalb
  • Nick Logan
  • Matthew VanGasbeck
  • Steven Oira
  • Jeremy Mendez
  • Brian Warren
  • Clint Delgado

Side Projects[edit]

After announcing his departure from the band, guitarist Jesse Barrera continued work on his eponymous acoustic pop project. On March 24, 2010, he independently released his debut solo album titled Love In Technicolor.

Dustin Hook is currently a full-time touring guitarist for country act Dan + Shay.


External links[edit]

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Digital Journal

Digital Journal
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 -0800

Performing on the islands of Hawaii, Guam, and even Saipan,” says Nico Tuliesu (Lead Singer), “Now we are back in the studio, recording a new EP titled “Reclamation” with Jesse Barrera (of My American Heart). We are almost finished recording and would ...

Under the Gun Review

Under the Gun Review
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:26:42 -0700

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:52:30 -0800

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Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:23:30 -0800

My American heart will not let me do anything less. Yassini, who calls Peek a "beautiful soul" in a Facebook post, says that she reads all the messages to Sofia, who's feeling better thanks to servicemen and women showing solidarity around the country.

San Diego Reader

San Diego Reader
Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:30:00 -0800

#Next came My American Heart (“a mix of emo and butt-rock”) before Warren launched Weatherbox in 2005. #Sometimes poppy, sometimes math-rock, Weatherbox was often tagged as indie-rock early on. “Although that phrase is pretty much meaningless ...


Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:11:15 -0700

After Pierce the Veil guitarist Tony Perry suffered a mountain bike injury that would put him out of commission for a while, the band needed to find a fill-in for Warped Tour, which kicked off last week. Jesse Barrera, formerly of My American Heart ...

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:03:16 -0700

His temporary replacemein is fellow San Diegan Jesse Barrera, formerly of My American Heart. It remains to be seen if Perry will be well enough to join the band for its August performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in England. The lineups for ...

Breitbart News

Breitbart News
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:43:42 -0700

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Monday afternoon, discussing matters such as the Hajj pilgrimage disaster and the Iran nuclear deal. Rouhani also jabbed the “Zionist regime” of Israel and ...

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