Infectious power pop trio Autogramm just released a new, digital single and accompanying video through The Orchard worldwide. While “Bad Day” keeps with Autogramm’s tradition of crafting sing-along pop anthems, the lyrical content delves into the more serious theme of depression.

Singer Jiffy Marx tells a tale of pain, pills, and helplessness brought on by the often-debilitating affliction. He delivers a very personal account, as the subject of the song is a close friend. Live footage for the video was captured at The Astoria in Vancouver, BC by Justin A. Stadig. All proceeds for this song will be donated to The World Federation for Mental Health.

Autogramm is a synth-driven, power pop trio from Vancouver drawing influences from the likes of The Cars, The Go Go’s, Gary Numan, 20/20, and Devo. The band members are Jiffy Marx of Brooklyn’s Hard Drugs and Vancouver’s Blood Meridian; CC Voltage of Berlin’s Dysnea Boys, London’s Loyalties and Vancouver’s Black Halos and Spitfires; and The Silo of Vancouver’s Black Mountain, Lightning Dust and Destroyer.

“I wanted to write a song partly for a friend of mine who has struggled not only with mental illness, but also with different medications that he’s been prescribed over the years with varying positive and negative results, but also because I have mental illness in my family history, and I myself struggle with depression and anxiety from time to time,” says vocalist Jiffy Marx.

“There’s a lot of negative stigma and misunderstanding, the result of which can be people not seeking help when they need it. Four hundred and fifty million people around the world suffer from some sort of mental health issue, and I assume that is only the reported cases, so it is not unusual or uncommon We’re not a particularly political band but basically just wanted to tell anyone having a bad day that they are not alone.”

Order the Bad Day 7″ EP here. 

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