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Success will be achieved when we play a show on an actual beach, and the people are losing their shit, doing the hurky-jerk and running man in the water. Even the goths will get in the water. Also probably one of us should jump a shark on a surfboard at some point during the melee. Then when people refer to Autogramm “jumping the shark”, they’ll just be talking about how rad that party was.

-The Silo from 2018 interview with Patrick Donders, Sweet Sweet Music Blog, Netherlands

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The members of Autogramm never abandoned the acts they loved as kids, even during their punk-rock years, when a lot of everything that’s not fast, loud, and snotty gets thrown overboard. Binding the three musicians together was a sincere interest in paying tribute to a fabled late-’70s/early-’80s period in music that they love. The era-specific spectres of lipstick-smeared new wave, grey-hued postpunk, and freak-flag synth-pop hang joyfully over What R U Waiting 4?.
Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight, Vancouver
If you’re gonna start a new band, it might as well be different! I’d say this band is just the confluence of these here three people’s tastes and rock’n’roll dreams.
Emma Sloan, Canadian Beats, Halifax
What we waited for was a glorious throwback to proto punk power pop squeezed and rung out to drip with all those sweet, sweet new wave 80s synths. It’s like ya’ got Belinda Carlisle behind the wheel, Ric Ocasek riding shotgun and a whole bunch of backseat pumping beats to rumble your rear-view. Pushing down the road with a tankful of pulse makes for a good image for a group that thinks of themselves as the hardest vacationing band in The Great White North.
Andre Gagne, Earth To Andre, Ottawa
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.”
Tom Ireland, Vancity Rocker, Vancouver
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.
Stephen, 50THIRDAND3AND, Manhattan IL/London ON
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.”
Lauren Donnelly, Beatroute Magazine, Vancouver
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.
Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver
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.
Paul J. Comeau, Razorcake, LA
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.
Indie88, Toronto
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.
John Gentile, Punknews, NYC
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.
Joshua Nickel, Neon Waste, Vancouver
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.
Dom Daley, Uber Rock Magazine, U.K.
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.
— Bryce Dunn, Beatroute Magazine, Vancouver
KENNY KAOS Top Ten in MRR
Catchy and melodic and mid-tempo and nicely produced, without being over-produced. These guys are definitely serious about what they do.
— Kenny Kaos, Maximum Rocknroll, SF
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.
J Castro, Audio Ammunition, Los Angeles
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.
Ty Stranglehold, Razorcake, LA
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.
Tim PopKid, I Buy Too Many Records, New Jersey
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.
Stephen, 50THIRDAND3AND, Manhattan IL/London ON
SPILL TRACK OF THE DAY: AUTOGRAMM – “JESSICA DON’T LIKE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”
Spill Magazine, Toronto