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Operators at Mercury Lounge (April 5, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2017

Dan Boeckner is the Canadian Ty Segall (I’m aware that he’s been at it long before Ty), a man who won’t tire at all, constantly releasing new music with various projects, seemingly never taking a break. After the big-time return for Wolf Parade last year, he’s back at it with Operators, his electronic-rock band that also features multi-instrumentalist Devojka and drummer, Sam Brown.

A new Operators album is on the horizon via Last Gang Records, hinted by their new tour this year that saw them return to New York earlier this week to play a pair of shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge, the latter of which was sold out and the one I caught.
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Operators at Baby’s All Right (April 21, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, August 30th 2016

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On an absolutely gorgeous Thursday night in April, Dan Boeckner and his band Operators rolled through Brooklyn to play one of the best venues the city has got to offer, Baby’s All Right, delivering one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. Opening up and kicking the night off was the synth–pop duo Bogan Via.

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This was my first time catching the Bogan Via, the duo consisting of Madeleine Miller & Bret Bender that hail all the way from Phoenix, Arizona. They’ve opened up their set with an instrumental jam of piano driven synth–pop goodness and then dove right into the rest of their set and kept the crowd moving & grooving. Both Miller and Bender sing and take turns alternating vocals from song to song with the occasional harmony seamlessly mixed in. One easy comparison is that they sound very much like Beach House, while not directly sounding like them (if that makes any sense – maybe heavily influenced is a better term). They played their entire set masked in projections with some fun graphics which brought another element to their set that I wasn’t expecting. I’m excited to see what else they’ll be cooking up in the future, as it’s going to be good.
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[new]: Operators – “Ecstasy In My House”

By Will Oliver, January 26th 2015

Operators - Ecstasy In My House

Operators haven’t even been officially around for more than a year, yet they’ve made quite a name for themselves, releasing their debut EP and touring pretty much non-stop in support of bands such as Spoon and Future Islands.

Today they returned with a new single called “Ecstasy In My House,” a track that leans more favorably towards synth-led dance territories, while still giving Dan Boeckner’s vocals plenty of room to do his thing. It’s a banger alright, as if you expected anything less?

Stream “Ecstasy In My House” below, and be sure to purchase it when it’s officially released tomorrow.

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Last night featured a stacked free show at House Of Vans featuring performances from Future Islands, Operators, Omar Souleyman, Mas Ysa. With free beer attached to a lineup as solid as that, the show was very much filled to capacity. The venue filled up so fast that some fans who RSVP’d were shut out of the show even though they were waiting on line (I had a few friends who unfortunately didn’t make it in). I covered the sets from both Future Islands and Operators, and got some photos as well.
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Operators Debut EP Released

By Will Oliver, August 8th 2014 — with 2 comments

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Operators is the new dance-rock project of Dan Boeckner, who you know from either Wolf Parade, Divine Fits, or Handsome Furs. The band also includes Devojka and fellow Divine Fits member Sam Brown. I saw them play their debut NYC show at Baby’s All Right during Northside last June, and their set blew me away.

Earlier in the week they released their debut release, an EP simply titled EP1. It’s described as “an upbeat, aggressively melodic collection of synth driven pop songs.” Let me tell you, that’s right on the money. The EP is out now, available for download from their online store. You don’t want to sleep on this one, trust me.

The EP features a stunning 5-song collection of songs, including the previously release single “True.” They’re currently on tour with Future Islands. Find the full list of tour dates posted below.
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Operators – True (Dan Boeckner’s New Band)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

Operators - True

Operators is the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) who has teamed up with fellow Divine Fits member Sam Brown and Devojka. The new project is more of the electronic-rock with a heavy dance flavor. If you like his work with Divine Fits, you’ll love Operators. They aim to make the type of music that just hits you instantly and makes you want to groove along.

I saw them play their first NYC show during Northside Festival a few weeks ago and was blown away (a post is on the way soon). One of the standout tracks was “True”, the first song that the trio have released so far. It just strikes you immediately, hitting you hard with an overload of synths and electronic wooshes, that all aim to please your senses. If you’re not grooving along to it, you gotta check your pulse.

They’re offering it as a free mp3 download at their soundcloud page, but you can also stream it right below.
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Dan Boeckner

Last week former Wolf Parade member Dan Boeckner’s new band (in addition to Divine Fits and Handsome Furs) Operators (read more about them here) played a show during Canadian Music Week 2014.

During the show the band brought out Japandroids to join them as Dan led them all through Wolf Parades “This Heart’s On Fire.” This is probably the cloest thing we will get to hearing anything from Wolf Parade for now, so it’s cool to see, especially considering Japandroids are involved as well.

Watch the performance below.
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Wolf Parade at Brooklyn Steel (October 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 26th 2017

After returning to tour (we caught them at both Bowery Ballroom and Northside Festival) and an EP, Wolf Parade solidified their return this year with their new album Cry Cry Cry (released via Sub Pop). The album is a fine return to form for the band and it brought them back to us on October 21 for a packed performance at Brooklyn Steel.

Opening the show was New York’s very own Charly Bliss who we’ve seen a few times this year in support of their awesome debut offering Guppy (released via Barsuk Records). Their energetic performance featured many of the albums highlights as well as a few new songs as well, a hint that the band have no sign of slowing down.

There was a point in time where I was staring to give up hope that Wolf Parade would ever return, let alone release a new album that was not just passable, but an album that fits in proudly amongst the rest of their discography. The band are in top form as a live band and put their chops on full display at Brooklyn Steel to an adoring audience.

Now with four album it’s tough to find a balance of equality between each albums, no matter what a few songs that should be played are going to be left on the back-burner. But Wolf Parade did give us a fair share off all their best songs, with a good chunk coming from their still perfect debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary, all of which were particular highlights. One particular memorable moments from the show was when Spencer Krug confirmed that regular set closer “King Of Piss and Paper” from the new album was indeed about President Trump which only made their epic performance of it that much sweeter.

Find photos and the setlists for both Wolf Parade and Charly Bliss posted in the gallery below.

Charly Bliss:

Charly Bliss Setlist:

1. Percolator
2. Westermarck
3. Ruby
4. Urge to Purge
5. Scare U
6. New Song
7. New Song
8. Gatorade
9. Black Hole
10. DQ
11. Julia
12. Glitter
13. Love Me

Wolf Parade:

Wolf Parade Setlist:

1. Lazarus Online
2. Soldier’s Grin
3. Grounds for Divorce
4. You’re Dreaming
5. Valley Boy
6. Incantation
7. Fine Young Cannibals
8. Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
9. Flies on the Sun
10. Baby Blue
11. This Heart’s On Fire
12. I’ll Believe in Anything
13. Weaponized
14. King of Piss and Paper

Encore:

15. Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
16. Shine a Light
17. Dinner Bells

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer)

2016 was a wild one. It’s not a year that many of us will look back all that fondly on, but then again, it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of great albums and songs released throughout the year, from artists of all sizes. From the surprise drop, to the long-awaited albums from greats like Radiohead.

Tomorrow I’ll share my list of my favorite albums of the year, but first, lets dig in to the songs that I had on constant repeat throughout the year.
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