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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.

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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