Fans of Gary Numan, Blondie, The Cars, and other synth-infused, 80s power-pop acts will lap up everything What R U Waiting 4? has to offer. The record leans unapologetically into its new wave and power pop influences, “This ain’t your Mom and Dad’s power pop… Oh wait, it probably is.”
Album of the Week: AUTOGRAMM – “What R U Waiting 4?”If it was released in 1979 instead of 2018, it goes without saying that Autogramm‘s debut record – “What R U Waiting 4?” would’ve have been one of my favorite records of the late 70s early 80s. Nevertheless it will just have to be one of my favorite records of 2018.
Serendipity is more than an underrated movie starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It’s also a real phenomenon; local power trio Autogramm is proof. Their songs update nostalgia in all the right ways – most notably in the way that they don’t give a shit about being trendy. They’re themselves – they like what they like, and if the world likes it too, the more the merrier.“It’s meant to be fun, really,” says The Silo. “That’s about it when it comes down to our band. We’re a vacation band. We just want to have fun, we want people to have fun at our gigs, and we want to go swimming more than any of those things.”
CC Voltage lived in Berlin and played in the vintage hardcore band Dysnea Boys before coming back to Vancouver. In German, an autogramm is an autograph. Goes well with the kind of German new wave vibe of songs such as Peter Pan. It sort of reminds me of After the Fire’s Der Kommissar.
When it comes to anything in the new wave/no wave realm, my criteria for appreciation tends to be the more synthesizer, the better. With that in mind, I can’t help but be all about Autogramm.
Vancouver-based indie rockers Autogramm are set to release their debut album, What R U Waiting 4?, on September 21 via Nevado Records. Today, the three-piece is rolling out a taste of what’s to come with their single “Small Town,” via Indie88.
Autogramm is not afraid to show their influence and their influence is that exact point where Punk and New Wave merged in 1978. Taking the minimalist hooks from the Cars and the slightly sinister buzz of Tubeway Army, Autogramm crank out a catchy number that not only would fit right at home on an I love the ‘80s soundtrack, but would also put about half of the songs on that tape to shame.
Vancouver’s Autogramm play a polished version of contemporary powerpop that effectively combine the sounds of The Cars and Plimsouls with a touch of Devo.
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 80’s radio before checking out Duncan Reid - it’s that catchy.
The silky synths, throbbing bass, and so-dead-on-you’d-think-they-were-digital-drums set the AM radio tone of growing older and leaving your past (perhaps regrettably) behind. If you miss bands like Redd Planet and the like, then you’ll need to pick up this single.
KENNY KAOS Top Ten in MRRCatchy and melodic and mid-tempo and nicely produced, without being over-produced. These guys are definitely serious about what they do.
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 you desperate pleas.
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.
These guys hail from Vancouver and have turned in two synth laced, new wave pop songs that sound like they’re straight out of 1979. Like The Cars, Autogramm have a strong pop structure at the root of both songs. They build to the chorus with almost robotic precision, and when the hook appears the whole song comes to life.
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.
SPILL TRACK OF THE DAY: AUTOGRAMM – “JESSICA DON’T LIKE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”