You can now buy Operators merch through their online store!
FYI posters will ship in mid August.
Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner’s new band Operators has announced their debut EP, EP1, which will be released on August 5. Listen to the first song, “True”, above.Operators have also announced that they will tour with Future Islands. Check out the dates below. They’ll also perform live on KEXP on August 4.
Get EP 1 directly from the Operators online store
Previously, Operators were filmed performing Wolf Parade’s “This Heart’s on Fire” accompanied by Japandroids live in Toronto earlier this year.
02 Book of Love
05 Start Again
08-02 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08-03 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08-04 Seattle, WA – Barboza
08-07 Brooklyn, NY – House of Vans *
08-08 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre *
08-09 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue *
08-10 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
08-11 Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Lounge *
08-12 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater *
08-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
08-15 Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre *
08-18 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s *
08-19 Fresno, CA – Star Palace at Warnors Theatre *
08-20 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre *
08-21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre *
08-22 San Diego, CA – Irenic *
08-24 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
08-25 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole *
08-27 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre *
08-28 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room *
08-29 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *
08-30 Chicago, IL – Schubas !
08-31 Columbus, OH – The Big Bang *
09-02 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe *
09-03 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom *
09-04 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *
09-07 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
09-13 Hamilton, Ontario – James Street North Supercrawl
10-23 Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Marquee Club
* with Future Islands
! with Tweens
– Hyden (late, but I was busy!)
August 5, 2014
For Immediate Release
MOONFACE ANNOUNCES CITY WRECKER EP OUT SEPTEMBER 16 ON JAGJAGUWAR
SHARES “CITY WRECKER” VIDEO VIA PITCHFORK
Hello everyone and anyone.
I recently made some more recordings under the name Moonface, which take the form of a 5 song EP called City Wrecker, and run at around half an hour.
City Wrecker is the title track of the ep. I wrote it before Miley Cyrus released “Wrecking Ball”, but I cannot prove it. Oh well. In describing the song (and maybe the whole EP) I would say it’s the aesthetic opposite of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, which is not to say that’s a good thing or a bad thing, just an apple for you to hold up beside your orange. Regardless of all that, my friend Eetu, who recorded this EP, still likes to call the song “Wrecking Ball” and to sometimes call me Miley, but that’s okay cuz we’re buddies.
I lived in Finland for a couple of years, but now I live in a little town nestled in the woods of Vancouver Island. This is a recent move, and so City Wrecker represents the last album I completed in Helsinki. Maybe I will go back to that big icy lighthouse, and all the lovely weirdos within I have come to love, one day, but for now I have used it up.
I have a tendency to wreck the places I live. I am a luster scraper; a green grass imaginer. I wreck places emotionally, as in, even though they stay the same objectively, they somehow worsen in my heart. I wreck their meaning, and so ultimately their function. No more crackling inspiration. I waste my own time. I get bored. I turn gardens into dust bowls.
And I am a city wrecker not just for myself, but for those close to me as well, for my wrecking is a quiet and creeping poison that is hard to identify; hard to see coming through my mist of moods. I fuss, and then still am dissatisfied, making my loved ones feel sad and helpless, angry and confused, and perhaps most terribly, responsible. Though of course they are blameIess and magnificent.
I suppose this is why I have moved so many times in my life. It is not a good characteristic, and one I should work toward eradicating from my personality. But having regret is also unhealthy. So, I am Popeye?
Anyway, all of the songs on this ep, in one way or another, are about places. Going in and going out. Regret and hope. The past and the future. Ducking out early from your own farewell party. That’s why it’s called City Wrecker.
– Spencer Krug
WATCH MOONFACE’S “CITY WRECKER” VIDEO:
CITY WRECKER TRACK LIST
1. The Fog
2. City Wrecker
3. Running in Place with Everyone
4. Helsinki Winter 2013
5. Daughter of a Dove
City Wrecker EP pre-order links
Jagjaguwar / SCD
Paper Bag Records
– Hyden (your short term Maria)
Stay tuned, there’s another exciting record announcement on its way.
Operators are set to open for Future Islands next month. Check http://operatorsmusic.com/ for more info.
8/2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
8/3 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
8/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ House of Vans
8/8 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre w/ Future Islands
8/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue w/ Future Islands
8/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Future Islands
8/11 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge w/ Future Islands
8/12 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre w/ Future Islands
8/15 – Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre w/ Future Islands
8/18 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s w/ Future Islands
8/19 – Fresno, CA @ Star Palace w/ Future Islands
8/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre w/ Future Islands
8/22 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic w/ Future Islands
8/25 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole w/ Future Islands
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre w/ Future Islands
8/28 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ Future Islands
8/29 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s w/ Future Islands
8/31 – Columbus, OH @ The Big Bang w/ Future Islands
9/2 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe w/ Future Islands
9/3 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom w/ Future Islands
9/4 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall w/ Future Islands
Operators are set for their NYC debut! June 13th at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY as part of the Northside Festival.
Tickets are on sale now at ticketfly.com
Looks like Spencer Krug will be playing more shows this year! Starting with a short run of dates in eastern Canada and then returning to Europe with a string of dates in September:
06-06 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
06-07 Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
06-08 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
09-03 Bergen, NO – Perfect Sounds Forever
09-04 Aarhus, DK – Aarhus Festival Week
09-05 Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse
09-06 Vlieland, NL – Great Wide Open Festival
09-07 Haarlem, NL – Doopgezinde Gemeente Kerk
09-09 London, UK – Cecil Sharp House
10-25 Lisbon, PT – Jameson Urban Routes Festival
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
Operators were on fire last week! Chart Attack ranked them as one of the top bands at the CMW festival, second only to Television! The Toronto shows were followed by equally amazing sets in Montreal and Columbus. It’s looking real good for Operators right now. So excited for what comes next!
Reviews and Photos
Exclaim.ca review of Toronto night 2
Exclaim.ca review of Montreal show
Shine a Light from night 2 in Toronto : Cred:Cooze Instagram
Last night was epic! So much excitement and nervous energy all culminated in a dizzying set. Operators killed it. Incredible 45 minute set of epic dance rock jams. With a sweet surprise at the end. Dave and Brian (aka Japandroids) plus Dustin Hawthorne (ex Hot Hot Heat) got on stage with Dan and Davojka to do their version of one of my favorite Wolf Parade songs, This Hears on Fire. Check the video below and links to glowing reviews of the show.
Operators play tonight and tomorrow at The Silver Dollar before heading to Montreal on Sunday to play Il Motore.
Review of the show
Interviews with Dan
It’s all happening! Operators are set to play 5 shows starting next week. The first 3 will all take place in Toronto and are part of Canadian Music Week. Tickets are on sale now.
Operators will then play in Montreal on May 11th at Il Motore with support from Beaver Shepard’s project, COUNTRY. Then the band head to Columbus for another show at Double Happiness on May 13th with support from The Receiver.
05-08 The Silver Dollar – Toronto, ON
05-09 The Silver Dollar – Toronto, ON
05-10 The Silver Dollar – Toronto, ON
05-11 Il Motore – Montreal, QC
05-13 Double Happiness – Columbus, OH
Looks like Spencer is set to play a one off show in his old homeland! Tickets are on sale now for a June 6th show at La Sala Rosa. No other Moonface dates have been announced at this time.
The show is part of the 3 week Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, check the rest of their scheduled events out here.