Five Minutes With: Vancouver New Wave Band Autogramm

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.

Autogramm

Name:

C.C. Voltage of Autogramm

Genre:

New Wave, Power Pop, Alternative, Pop Punk, Indie Rock

Founded:

2017

# of Albums:

3

Latest Album:

Music That Humans Can Play

Latest Single:

Born Losers

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Belinda Carlisle

Favourite musician now:

Belinda Carlisle

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:

Jeffrey McCloy

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Road or studio?

Road

Any shows or albums coming up?

Our record release show at Redgate on December 14th

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Facebook | Bandcamp

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Absinthe

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?

The Lido

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Neptoon

 

About Emilea Semancik 100 Articles
Emilea Semancik was born in North Vancouver. Emilea has always always wanted to work as a freelance writer and currently writes for the Vancouver Guardian. Taking influence from journalism culture surrounding the great and late Anthony Bourdain, she is a recipe author working towards publishing her own series of books. You can find her food blog on Instagram: