Comprised of Dan Boeckner (vocals and guitar), who’s best known for being a member of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs; Sam Brown (drums), best known for being a member of New Bomb Turks and Divine Fits; and Devojka (analog synths), the NYC-based trio Operators formed in 2013 — and in the past three years, the band has seen a rapidly growing national profile for an 80s New Wave and analog synth pop-inspired sound. And with the release of their critically applauded EP1 the NYC-based trio found themselves opening for the likes of Future Islands, New Pornographers and many other critically applauded contemporary acts; however, with the release of “Cold Light,” the first single off Operators’ forthcoming and highly-anticipated full-length effort Blue Wave reveals a band that has since expanded their sound with the addition of angular guitar and bass chords, pushing their sound more towards the direction of Joy Division and New Order.
Interestingly, Blue Wave‘s second and latest single, album title track “Blue Wave” has the band pairs layers of synths and swirling electronics and a propulsive, motorik groove with warm blasts of horns and Boeckner’s crooning vocals in a song that sounds as though it draws from Thin White Duke and Plastic Soul-era David Bowie and 80s post-punk and New Wave — in particular, I think of Flock of Seagulls, New Order, Depeche Mode and others. Arguably, “Blue Wave” may be the funkiest and most propulsive singles they’ve released to date.
Operators will be on tour to support the album and it’ll include a NYC area date at Baby’s All Right. Check out tour dates below.