Operators – Last night in Columbus

Last night Dan Boeckner’s new band, Operators, played their second show ever at Double Happiness in Columbus,Ohio.

Update: Apparently Chris Deville from Stereogum was in attendance, here’s his review:

“…that’s how Brown ended up with Boeckner and their bandmate Devojka crashing at his home in Columbus, preparing to record a debut EP in his basement, and playing a tiny club show Thursday night at the very small, very dark Double Happiness. Like I said, it’s weird how these things play out.

Also weird was seeing this configuration of musicians with nary a guitar in sight, but that’s 2013 indie rock for you. Instead, Boeckner and Devojka huddled around a table packed out with plentiful keyboards and sundry other electronic equipment while Brown held it down at his drum kit as ever. When word of this project first broke around Coachella time, Boeckner promised guitars and a distinct Fugazi influence, but Operators never once resembled Fugazi’s righteously antagonistic post-hardcore Thursday night. This was dance-pop, pure and simple — hard-hitting dance-pop, but dance-pop nonetheless.

As such, Boeckner’s other name-checked influence, New Order, was in abundant supply. There were touches of LCD Soundsystem in the mix too, and of course any keyboard-driven Boeckner project is going to echo his own Handsome Furs to an extent. But Operators is its own beast, and that beast is formidable: a flurry of funky keyboard riffs, rumbling programmed beats, incessant low-end, and pelvic thrusts, all set to the classic rock chord changes and gravel-throated melodies that have become Boeckner’s signature. It’s a natural progression from Divine Fits, especially in today’s stylistic climate, but who’d have thunk it back when Boeckner was first howling “Shine A Light” with Wolf Parade?”

Here are two video clips:

Reviews from twitter:

Tony Todoroff @designZOMBIE: “Sounded amazing. Pretty much pure electronic with an almost punk edge.”

Joel Oliphint @joeloliphint: “Sam Brown & Dan Boeckner debuting the new band: Operators. You can dance to it. Many knobs.”

Exciting news! Hope to hear the EP soon!

Operators perform for the first time!

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Last week I was sent the above flyer and was told Dan Boeckner would be performing in San Jose. That show turned out to be the very first performance of Dan’s new project, Operators. A friend of mine, Jesse Feutz, was there and sent me this review:

Operators at San Jose Rock Shop, 11-1-2013

Mind the light rail, and downtown San Jose is the ideal location for a show. 2/3 local band Operators played their first show at the all-ages Rock Shop last Friday. Getting the audience moving was San Jose’s Momotaro. With nothing to prove, they rocked the venue like it was underground in ’85. A little after 10, Operators sheepishly took the stage.

Within a measure of the first song, the band’s trademark tactics -hypnotic keyboard swells and stop-and-go percussion – lent the preferred platform for an all out dance party that even Mick Jagger would’ve marveled at. This was all a silhouette of the pointed, classic vocals of Dan Boeckner (Dan Boeckner is in a new band everybody!). Although this night he was accompanied by a vocal pedal, of which he humbly bragged is marketed towards 12 year old girls, creating a chord-like structure to his voice. A young veteran of the industry, Dan has an ingenious style of writing perfect pop songs, ones that I find myself singing along to by the second chorus. With tons of friends and family filling the dark, pocket of a venue, the girl in the band seemed to conduct the show. If she was nervous, she sure did a good job hiding it. Her ability to play keys, cue parts, sing spot on harmony, was incredible. All while holding the band together like they were on a reunion tour.

One of the best parts of the show were the live drums. Few are more reliable for this role than Divine Fits’ Sam Brown. Flying in for the show and a day or two of after partying, Sam rocked a beat so memorizing that even I took my eyes off of Dan for a few seconds. The only thing I saw break his concentration were the usual shouts of “I love you Sam” from the audience in between songs. The set was short, seven or eight songs. I’m assuming that as soon as they write more, they will play more. With this prolific trio, I don’t think we will have to wait too long.

Divine Fits Interview and Operators News!

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Divine Fits played the CBGB Festival a few weeks ago in Times Square! I was lucky enough to be working the festival and caught some of their amazing set.

Watch this interview Dan and Britt did with WFUV DJ Eric Holland for NY1.

Also, read this story posted over at BrooklynVegan about Dan’s new project, Operators!!!

Yeah and if you’re in the San Jose,CA area, you should probably be at the San Jose Rock shop on November 1st!

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