Autogramm is a synth-driven power pop quartet from Seattle, Chicago, and Vancouver that draws influences from the likes of The Cars, The Go-Go’s, Gary Numan, 20/20, and Devo. Their third full-length LP Music That Humans Can Play just came out via Stomp Records and will be available on vinyl and digital formats worldwide. The band dedicated themselves to bringing in sounds from influences like The Fixx, David Bowie, Cheap Trick, The Boys, The Dickies, Jay Reatard, and Prince. They continued the band’s tradition of crafting new wave gems with a power pop twist. The result is a decisively cohesive album that will fit easily into the 80s section of your record collection, with songs so well crafted they probably deserve to be on the soundtrack of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Autogramm has long-standing connections to the art, punk, and skateboarding communities of the various cities and scenes they have been a part of: Vancouver, Berlin, New York, Calgary, Seattle, and Chicago.
The band members include Jiffy Marx of Brooklyn’s Hard Drugs, Vancouver’s Night Court, and Blood Meridian; CC Voltage of Berlin’s Dysnea Boys, London’s Loyalties, and Vancouver’s Black Halos and Spitfires; Lars Von Seattle of Bread & Butter and The Catheters; The Silo of Vancouver’s Black Mountain, Lightning Dust, Destroyer and more recently, Chicago’s Spun Out. Since their inception, Autogramm has performed throughout Canada, Mexico, the US, the UK, and Europe in notable venues such as London’s Lexington, Berlin’s Wild At Heart, and San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill. They’ve charted well on US/CDN college radio with rotation at WFMU and KEXP and reached #12 on the Earshot Campus Radio Charts. Their single “Mantra” made it to #3 on CBC Radio 3 and saw rotation on SXM’s The Verge, Rodney on the Rock, and Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
C.C. Voltage of Autogramm
New Wave, Power Pop, Alternative, Pop Punk, Indie Rock
# of Albums:
Music That Humans Can Play
Favourite musician growing up:
Favourite musician now:
Guilty pleasure song:
Apples and Bananas
Live show ritual:
Shot of tequila, kiss Jiffy, pretend to be at a Police concert in 1980
Favourite local musician:
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
Road or studio?
Any shows or albums coming up?
Our record release show at Redgate on December 14th
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Local Questions:
What is your favourite local restaurant?
What is your favourite street in your city and why?
Yew. Because I like to make an excited yelping noise whenever I see it. Yew!
What is your favourite park in your city and why?
Connaught Park because the splash park for the kids is the best!
What is your favourite music venue in your city?
What is your favourite music store in your city?