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Dan Boeckner’s Operators announce debut album, share “Cold Light” — listen

Boeckner's side project will drop Blue Wave as Wolf Parade reunites

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    It’s going to be a busy year for Dan Boeckner. Days after his main outfit Wolf Parade announced their reunion, Boeckner has revealed details of the debut album from his synthpop side project Operators.

    Entitled Blue Wave, it arrives April 1st via Last Gang Records. Produced by Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh (Metz, Viet Cong), the LP follows Operators’ 2014 EP1.

    As a preview, the band has shared the album’s lead single, “Cold Light”. Like previous tracks from the group, the song is steeped in ’80s hooks, but presented here with guitar-slung aggression that is simultaniously danceable yet foreboding. Distortion rides heavy, and synths circle the entire thing like a hypnotizing lasso pulling you out onto dimly lit streets. Check it out below.

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    Boeckner will also be spending plenty of time on the road this year, as in addition to Wolf Parade’s residency tour, Operators will trek through North America in support of Blue Wave. Find their full itinerary below. Somewhere in there, he’ll be working on fresh Wolf Parade music.

    Operators 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/17 – Waterloo, ON @ Starlight Social Club
    02/18 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
    02/19 – Toronto, ON @ Call the Office
    02/20 – Saint Catherine, ON @ Detour Music Hall
    02/24 – Saint Therese, QB @ Cha Cha
    02/25 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
    02/26 – Petersborough, ON @ Red Dog
    02/27 – Kingston, ON@ The Grad Club
    03/28 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
    03/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    03/30 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
    04/01 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
    04/03 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
    04/04 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
    04/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
    04/06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    04/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF
    04/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
    04/10 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    04/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    04/13 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
    04/14 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    04/15 – Houston, TX @ The Raven Tower
    04/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
    04/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    04/19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
    04/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
    04/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    04/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

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