Cold Light

It’s no great secret that sadly, here in 2016, the music blog world has devolved into an endless stream of click-baitey ‘news’ articles and an aggressive pissing contest of sorts between similar publications of who can post something first. So, not to be TMN’s resident grumpy music nostalgist or anything, but whenever tunes are missed on a writer’s initial radar and surface some weeks down the road, there has been an unsatisfying feeling lingering in many writers’ souls in that they “missed the boat” and no longer feel compelled to post said song as it may effect their ‘credibility’; even though they may in fact be completely infatuated with a song or album, thus quelching an opportunity of a share from someone who genuinely enjoys it. Which is a silly thing to think about anyhow, as many of us started primarily as enthusiastic music lovers who only ever covered the music we loved, and not the music that comes with the largest PR & publicity push. Phewww….

Basically, after the long winded and caffeinated semi-rant, what this writer is trying to say is that: “I’ve fallen madly in love with a band and tune which dropped a month ago; but I just have to share it with whomever will listen via my tiny, web-based soap box!” The tune and band here in questions is “Cold Light”, from former Divine Fits and Wolf Parade member Dan Boeckner’s latest project Operators. “Cold Light” plays like a breezy, early New Order single, but in place of Bernard Sumner’s tender refrain lie the passionate howls that have become Boeckner’s trademark over the years. Just captivating stuff to this writer’s ears really. Operators, which features Boeckner’s former Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown on drums and Devojka on keys, recruited Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh (who also holds chief production credits on records for Viet Cong & Alvvays) as their chief sound engineer, and we think the results alreadyspeak for themselves. “Cold Light” marks Operators’ debut single from debut long-player Blue Light, due out 4/1 on Canadian imprint Last Gang Records (pre-order here), so until then, get your kicks by either catching them live on one of the many tour dates listed below, or by streaming Operators’ impressive lead single above.

2/26 – The Red Dog (Peterborough ON)
2/27 – The Grad Club (Kingston ON)
3/28 – Schubas (Chicago, IL)
3/29 – 7th St. Entry (Minneapolis, MN)
3/30 – Reverb Lounge (Omaha, NE)
4/1 – Lost Lake (Denver, CO)
4/3 – The Bartlett (Spokane, WA)
4/4 – Sunset Tavern (Seattle, WA)
4/5 – Fortune Sound Club (Vancouver, BC)
4/6 – Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR)
4/8 – Social Hall SF (San Francisco, CA)
4/9 – Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA)
4/10 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA)
4/11 – Valley Bar (Phoenix, AZ)
4/13 – The Sidewinder (Austin, TX)
4/14 – Three Links (Dallas, TX)
4/15 – The Raven Tower (Houston, TX)
4/16 – Gasa Gasa (New Orleans, LA)
4/17 – The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
4/19 – DC9 (Washington, DC)
4/21 – Baby’s All Right (New York, NY)
4/22 – Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA)
4/23 – Middle East Upstairs (Cambridge, MA)

Related items::