When Vancouver musicians Jiffy Marx, C.C. Voltage and The Silo decided to form a band last year, they didn’t have any lofty goals.
The three longtime friends – guitarist and synth player Marx has known bassist Voltage since their days as “skate rat” punks in the ’90s, and drummer Silo is a former bandmate from the turn of the century – just wanted to put together a group they could tour through sunny climes.
That band, Autogramm, has since released its debut album, a new wave time-warp called What R U Waiting 4? and on Nov. 9 they make their Nanaimo debut at the Vault after wrapping up a string of shows on the west coast. They’ll be joined by Seattle band Bread and Butter.
“I think it’s been great. So far so good and very productive for a band that sort of started out as being a holiday band,” Marx said of Autogramm’s success. “I just counted yesterday, we’ll have played 36 shows this year, which is not bad for a part-time band.”
Marx said Autogramm has been more successful than they had originally anticipated, and the fact that they got to record an album and that audiences are liking it is “icing on the cake.”
“I really appreciate the fact that some younger punk guys, at least here in Vancouver, are really into it,” he said. “We all grew up in the ’80s and grew up with ’80s music, so I have a big appreciation that people who … maybe they were born in the ’80s but I don’t think they grew up in the ’80s, are still into what we’re doing.”
WHAT’S ON … Autogramm perform at the Vault on Friday, Nov, 9 at 9 p.m.