Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) recently started a new analog/electronic/dance project, Operators. In August they self-released their debut EP, EP1, an upbeat, melodic collection of synth driven pop songs that borrows from 80s industrial. You can stream the singles Start Again and True below.
Even before releasing any music, Operators played a handful of shows showcasing all previously unheard songs. This included Toronto Music Week in June, where the band (who had released no music and posted no information about themselves online) sold out a three night residency at the Silver Dollar Room. The band has since been tearing across North America, supporting Future Islands along with their own headlining gigs. They’ll visit Central Parks Summerstage on September 9th, opening for Spoon (including fellow Divine Fits bandmates Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel), as well as playing newly announced dates with Zola Jesus in SF on October 8th and a their own show at The Echo in LA on October 9th. And in October, the band has just announced European dates. See all shows below.
Dan Boeckner has shown his diverse musical taste over the years; from the first synth he bought for the debut Wolf Parade EP, to the primarily stark, digital sounds of Handsome Furs, and now the organic, melted, deeply dance driven Operators. The five track EP was recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango, and featuring keyboardist/vocalist Devojka and drummer Sam Brown.
9/10 — NYC — Central Park Summerstage*
9/11 — Pittsburgh, PA — Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead*
9/13 — Hamilton, ON — James Street North Supercrawl
10/8 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo’s 365 Club ^
10/9 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
10/23 — Halifix, NS — The Marquee Club
11/2 – Hamburg, GER — Uebel & Gefärlich*
11/3 – Berlin, GER — Monarch
11/4 – Cologne, GER — Luxor*
11/5 – Prague, CZ — Podnik
11/6 – Vienna, AUS — Heuer Am Karlsplatz
11/7 – Bergen, NOR — Landmark
11/8 – Helsinki, FIN — Kuudes Linja
* w/ Spoon
^ w/ Zola Jesus