Operators sign to Last Gang, EP out now

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By Greg

On Aug 05, 2014

Operators is Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) brand new analog/electronic/dance project, and we are excited to announce the release of their debut offering, EP1: an upbeat, aggressively melodic collection of synth driven pop songs. The EP is being released TODAY (Tuesday, August 5th via Last Gang Records) and they have released the first track from the EP, True, HERE.

Dan Boeckner has shown his diverse musical taste over the years. Consequently, his decision to focus his attention on a new, electronic dance project shouldn’t be surprising as it feels like nothing more than a natural progression 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. Recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango, the five track EP1 features True and four other new tracks, functioning as the band’s defacto mission statement.

Consequence of Sound praised True, noting, “Boeckner emphatically swoons about “one true love” over an ’80s-indebted backdrop of shimmering synths and booming bass. Infectious and danceable, “True” is New Wave for 2014.”

Even before releasing any music, Operators played a handful of shows showcasing all previously unheard songs. This included Canadian Music Week in May, 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. Huffington Post remarked the band was “an electronic rock group so good that first night I went and saw them again the next two nights, too,” while Noisey commented, “The performance wasn’t just energetic, it was frenetic…Operators’ music is all hooks-it’s dance pop. It’s direct, it’s immediately accessible…”

The band’s proper North American live debuts will happen courtesy of a largely sold out tour starting August 7 supporting Baltimore’s Future Islands, followed by headline performances of their own.

Book Of Love
Start Again

8/7 — Brooklyn, NY — House of Vans*
8/8 — Milvale, PA — Mr. Small’s Theatre*
8/9 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue*
8/10 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall*
8/11 — Sioux Falls, SD — Icon Lounge*
8/12 — Fort Collins, CO — Aggie Theater*
8/13 — Salt Lake City, UT — Kilby Court
8/15 — Boise, ID — Egyptian Theatre*
8/16 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge*
8/18 — Sacramento, CA — Harlow’s*
8/19 — Fresno, CA — Star Palace at Warnors Theatre*
8/20 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda Theatre*
8/21 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda Theatre*
8/22 — San Diego, CA — Irenic*
8/24 — Phoenix, AZ — The Crescent ballroom
8/25 — Tucson, AZ — 191 Toole*
8/27 — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre*
8/28 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room*
8/29 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s*
8/30 — Chicago, IL — Schuba’s^
8/31 — Columbus, OH — The Big Bang*
9/2 — Montreal, QC — La Tulipe*
9/3 — South Burlington, VT — Higher Ground Ballroom*
9/4 — Portland, ME — Port City Music Hall*
9/7 — Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern
9/13 — Hamilton, ON — James Street North Supercrawl
10/23 — Halifax, NS — The Marquee Club
* with Future Islands
^ with Tweens