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. Along with drummer The Silo, the three had been connected through the Vancouver music scene, sharing stages, friends and even band members in seminal bands like Jerk With a Bomb, The Spitfires, Blood Meridian, Lightning Dust, Hard Drugs, Black Halos, Black Rice and Black Mountain.
It’s 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, made a trip to California which garnered them interest from two other labels, and did a west coast tour with Seattle’s Bread & Butter.
Currently the band is celebrating the release of their first full-length, What R U Waiting 4? on Nevado Music, with several more road trips including a recent tour with Atlanta’s Gringo Star and a handful of upcoming dates with Vancouver’s Needles//Pins. Autogramm plans to start recording again soon and to tour the US, Mexico and Europe in 2019.
Vocals, Guitar, Synth / Jiffy Marx
Bass / C.C Voltage
Drums / The Silo