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. Singer Jiffy Marx, bassist CC Voltage, and Chicago-based drummer The Silo, draw on influences from The Cars, The Go Go’s, Gary Numan, 20/20 and Devo. Along with calling Canada, the U.S., the UK and Germany home at various points, the band also has a long-standing connection to the art, punk, and skateboarding communities world-wide.
Their latest album “No Rules: keeps with the band’s tradition of crafting singalong pop-anthems, while adding angular elements that are reminiscent of Ghost in the Machine-era Police. For the band, the album title refers less to a no-gods-no-masters set of rules as it does to a no boundaries aspiration. Instead of building walls, they want to build bridges.
Genre: Power Pop / New Wave
# of Albums: Two LPs and two 7”singles
Latest Release: No Rules LP
Latest Single: I am a Situation
Latest Video: I am a Situation
Favourite musician as a teenager:
C.C. Eddie Van Halen
Favourite musician now:
C.C. Eddie Van Halen
Guilty Pleasure Song:
Jiffy Marx: Santa Monica by Everclear
C.C. If you Steal my Sunshine by Len
Silo: I used to have guilt, now I only have pleasure! Double, The Captain Of Her Heart
Live Show Ritual:
Jiffy Marx: Tequila and/or photo booth shots
Favourite local artist:
C.C. Sore Points
EP or LP?
C.C. Doesn’t matter just don’t call a 7” single an EP!
Early bird or night owl?
Jiffy Marx: Early bird
C.C. Early bird
Silo: Night Owl!
Road or studio?
C.C. I like both much better than rehearsing
Silo: Need em both! Preferably 50-50
Any shows or albums coming up?
C.C. Los Angeles at the Redwood January 1st/ Euro tour summer 2022
What do you currently want to promote?
C.C. Our new album No Rules.
Rapid Fife Qs from Vancouver
Favourite local Restaurant:
Jiffy Marx: Acorn or Arbor
C.C. Absinthe Bistro
Silo: Fat Mao
Jiffy Marx: Commercial Drive. Vancouver has changed so much in the twenty some years since I moved here, Commercial drive just seems to have been somewhat spared from the gentrification that the rest of the city has endured. I mean rent and property values have skyrocketed with the rest of the city but at least some of the original charm of mom-and-pop grocery stores and coffee shops has managed to stick it out on ‘The Drive’.
C.C. I concur. Traffic is a nightmare everywhere else.
Jiffy Marx: Ambleside in West Vancouver is hard to match. It’s got the beach, a year-round restaurant with a patio, a skatepark and a farmer market on Sundays and if you time it out right it’s not even that far from East Van.
C.C. Woodland Park. Best spot to ride bikes to and meet pals.
Favourite Music Venue?
Jiffy Marx: Are there any left? (Sob)
C.C. The Rickshaw
Silo: I still like seeing bands at the Vogue. Not that we would ever play there ha!
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