Live Photos: Operators Cast their Cyberpunk Synth Epiphany Over New York

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Live Photos: Operators Cast their Cyberpunk Synth Epiphany Over New York

It doesn’t take much imagination to mistake 2017 as a contorted fever dream of the 1980s. A former actor is imploding federal programs, robots are stealing jobs and a lot of shit may or may not go down with the Russians. Listening to the anxiety-cast synth pop of Operators certainly won’t dispel that parallel. The project reunites lead singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner with Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown alongside Macedonian analogue synth master Devojka. Brown exercises a machine-like discipline, maintaining airtight beats that expand into harder, messier rock at the perfect moments, rooting Devojka’s digital tidal waves and Boeckner’s lyrical explorations of depression and discord. And as preserved on last year’s debut record Blue Wave, it’s imminently, undeniably danceable. Paste photographer Drew Reynolds caught up with the trio before their performance at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade last week. The gallery above captures Operators during soundcheck, ping pong with openers Charly Bliss and their searing performance, complemented by a back screen showing The Ghost in the Shell (the groundbreaking anime, not the shitty new movie). Operators play Cleveland and Buffalo before wrapping their tour this week.

Song Highlights
“Cold Light”
“Control”
“Blue Wave”