INTERVIEW: Autogramm

Pic by Ryan Walter Wagner

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

C.C.:Doing great, summer vacation has just started!

Jiffy Marx: Pretty excited that our record is out in Europe now.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad Day”?

Jiffy: “Bad Day” is about mental health and maybe more specifically about being medicated. I mostly want it to let people know that whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, addictions, bipolar or any other health issues for that matter, you are not alone. I know there are a lot of people out there who have issues and don’t necessarily want to talk about them but/so I just think it’s important for them to know they are not the only one(s).

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Jiffy: I personally suffer from anxiety, I take medication for ulcerative colitis and I sometimes probably drink too much! I have several friends who are prescribed antidepressants among other things. I am no doctor nor am I a politician but I personally think some pharmaceuticals have a lot of side effects and may be over-prescribed or misprescribed. Some people probably don’t realize but doctors, like the rest of us, make mistakes and global yearly spending on prescription drugs is in the hundreds of billions!?

Any plans to release a video for the single?

C.C. Possibly for the next album which we are recording now. We just released another video from our album that was just released in Europe.

How was the recording and writing process? 

Jiffy: Josh Wells, who produces our recordings with us, is a wonderful producer. Maybe too good as he is getting very busy and hard to pin down!

Silo: It’s always a blast to get inside a song with this group of weirdos!

Did you approach this record as a sort of departure or rather a continuation from your previous musical projects?

Jiffy: Most people seem to think it’s a real departure but since I know all three members and their vast back catalogues, I like to think it’s more of a continuation!

How did you get to balance the darkness with the much uplifting undertones this time around?

Jiffy: I would say with synthesizers.

Silo: And silly high harmonies!

How has The Clash and DEVO influenced your writing?

C.C.: Devo is an influence in all of our writing, we like their angular style. The Clash are amazing, so if you think you hear the Clash in this song that’s totally cool!

Silo: Two sides of a coin we flip — The Clash says “make it groovy, sing along!” // Devo says “Make it uncomfortable, confuse the audience!”

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

C.C.: We’ve been recording for the new record, but it might take a little while to complete. Our drummer The Silo is on tour with his other bands for a few months, so Jiffy and I will keep writing and finish things up when The Silo is back home.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

C.C.: Hopefully by spring next year.

Jiffy: We’re thinking something Canadian-Spanish like “Muy Enfermo” or “Chester Chido” or maybe just “Canadian-Spanish”?

Any plans to hit the road?

C.C.: Yes, we’re on tour in Europe very soon. The dates are below. But also more shows in the US and Mexico too.


July 19 @ Yoko, Hamburg DE

July 20 @ VEB, Lübeck DE

July 23 @ Kap Tormentoso, Stuttgart DE

July 24 @ Geschichtswerkstatt Altes Volksbad, Mannheim DE

July 25 @ Pointe Lafayette, Paris FR

July 26 @ Charlatan Café, Gent BE

July 27 @ The Pipeline, Brighton UK

July 28 @ The Lexington, London UK

Aug 1 @ Zwille, Leipzig DE

Aug 2 @ Wild At Heart, Berlin DE

Aug 3 @ Chemiefabrik, Dresden DE

Aug 4 @ Kult 41, Bonn DE









About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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