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Autogramm is a synth-driven, power-pop trio from Vancouver drawing influences from the likes of The Cars, The Go Go’s, Gary Numan, 20/20 and Devo. The band members are Jiffy Marx of Brooklyn’s Hard Drugs and Vancouver’s Blood Meridian, CC Voltage of Berlin’s Dysnea Boys, London’s Loyalties and Vancouver’s Black Halos and Spitfires, and The Silo of Vancouver’s Black Mountain, Lightning Dust and Destroyer. Since their inception only two years ago they have played over 100 shows, primarily in the U.S., Mexico and Europe in notable venues like Los Angeles’ Hi Hat, San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill, London’s Lexington, Mexico City’s Gato Calavera and Berlin’s Wild at Heart. Their North American and European publicists have garnered them press in numerous online and print outlets. You can see links to features in The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Sun and Razorcake as well as song and video premiers on Indie 88 and Punk News. The North American release has seen their first single “Jessica Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll” reach #12 on CBC Radio 3’s charts, and rotation on over 30 North American college radio stations.
The original idea that guitarist Jiffy Marx and bassist C.C.Voltage had for this project was more about starting a band that would tour to sunny destinations than starting a new wave band, but it was their mutual admiration for punk and power pop that brought the two together. It’s also no coincidence that the three Vancouver musicians chose the German word “Autogramm” as the name of their band. It began as an idea in Berlin, Germany- the city that Mayor Klaus Wowereit called “poor but sexy”- in 2014 where Voltage had been living and playing with Dysnea Boys. When Marx moved back to Vancouver from Brooklyn in 2010, he and The Silo began working on demos for a future project. When Marx and Voltage decided to start a band together some of these songs would influence the musical direction the band would take. CC had also been writing songs with another old friend – Rich Jones from Black Halos and Michael Monroe – and some of these demos also became Autogramm songs. From the drawing board to fruition, the power-pop trio was complete when C.C. moved back to Vancouver in 2017.
By this point The Silo had left Black Mountain to play in Destroyer, who’s latest critically acclaimed album “Ken” he also produced. While vacationing together in Mexico, Jiffy Marx asked The Silo to play in his new band with C.C. Voltage and as they say, the rest is history. The three began rehearsing the songs as a three piece with Marx simultaneously playing the keyboard and guitar parts while everyone contributed vocals. Within a year of forming, they recorded and released their first single on Denver’s Snappy Little Numbers and made a trip to California which saw them sign to Los Angeles’ Nevado Records. The band now has a full-length LP “What R U Waiting 4?” with Nevado, and a new 7” single for “Bad Day” out on Madrid’s Jarama Records. The band is currently recording their sophomore LP for Nevado Records and planning their next tour to Mexico.
Quotes from the Press
“If you’ve been hankering after some old school Tubeway army style alt-punk, then get an ear full of this: it’s the Cars driving Numan around listening to some real ‘80s radio before checking out Duncan Reid – it’s that catchy.”
– Uber Rock, U.K.
“In style and substance they bring to mind The Cars. A lot of people may not like that comparison—hell the band may not even like it—but I do mean it as a high compliment. The chorus is on repeat in my brain and I don’t have a problem with that.”
– Razorcake, Los Angeles
“Is there a new wave of new wave? Let’s hope so, because this new Autogramm single is killer! If your love of new wave is the combination of power pop injected with synths, bands like The Cars, 20/20, The Motors, and the like, then Vancouver’s Autogramm hits a home run here.”
– 50 Third and 3rd, Manhattan
“The two songs on this here 7” are synth heavy, mid-tempo New Wave-y tunes that remind me of something that could have been on the Cars Panorama LP. If you miss the days when bands like Split Enz and Ultravox roamed the earth in top form, then Autogramm have come to answer your desperate pleas.”
– Audio Ammunition, Los Angeles
March 21 Mexico City @ Gato Calavera with Bloody Benders
March 22 Mexico TBA
March 23 Mexico TBA
March 24 Mexico TBA
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March 27 Mexico TBA
March 28 Mexico TBA
Download “Bad Day”: http://www.auslander.ca/EPK/Bad_Day_Autogramm.zip