‘Success will be achieved when we play a show on an actual beach, and the people are losing their shit, doing the hurky-jerk (…) .’, says The Silo of Autogramm.
‘What R U Waiting 4?’ is their new release and there is, at least, one instant Power Pop classic on it.
Autogramm is Jiffy Marx, CC Voltage and The Silo.
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.
If you could tour the world with 2 other bands, who would you ask to join?
Jiffy Marx: we would definitely have to ask Seattle’s Bread & Butter, who we did our first tour with and we are heading down to play with again as I type this! They are the sweetest dudes and the perfect vacation soundtrack! We just did 3 shows with our friends Comet Control from Toronto, also super sweet dudes. We also have some upcoming shows with Needles//Pins from Vancouver and Maniac of Los Angeles, also both totally sweet.. what can I say, that’s a tough one!
The Silo: Maybe Streetheart is still together?
Can you still recall the moment music became important to you? What happened?
Cc Voltage: Yes! My cousin Bart told me that this band called Van Halen was going to be on the radio at noon playing a song called “Runnin’ with the Devil”. I was only 5 years old and both excited and terrified as we headed home to listen to CFOX radio in Vancouver. It was the coolest thing I’d ever heard.
My parents had only played ABBA and The Village People for me up until then. It was the moment I got into music and it was a few more years until punk was introduced to me.
She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?
Credit in the Straight World by Young Marble Giants
This is the Day by The The
Happy House by Siouxie and the Banshees
Two Step by Low
Plateau by Meat Puppets
(Pretty weird mixtape but I would require anyone I was dating to be down with such diverse shit!)
If the budget was unlimited, how would you record the next record?
Jiffy Marx: It would have to be near a beach and a skate park and it would have to have a pool. Maybe in Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca Mexico) since that’s where we were when I asked The Silo to join the band. But in that case, it would have to have air conditioning as well because it’s hella hot there.
The Silo: Is that Compass Point place in the Bahamas still open??
The meaning of ‘success’ has changed over the years. When will the new record be a success?
The Silo: 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.