Dan Boeckner’s (Divine Fits / Handsome Furs / Wolf Parade) new 3-piece band / project called, OPERATORS performed at Canadian Music Week over three consecutive nights at The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto. I was lucky enough get to see their last show finale late Saturday night this past weekend (May 10).
The crowd was packed-in tight, but somehow I luckily found a space right near the front of the stage. A kind girl who was in-front of me asked if I wanted to switch spots, but I declined as she earned it. It wasn’t a decision I regretted as the positive combination of the band simply providing many opportunities for good photography and the intimate layout of The Silver Dollar cooperated nicely.
A few moments into their first song (as Dan began to sing) the crowd erupted. A positive emotion seemed to sweep over the Silver Dollar crowd as the cheering climbed higher and higher as the show progressed.
The I would describe the music of Operators as a blend of electro dance and synth-rock. Overall it was really fun to watch. Speaking of watching, check out this video that was taken this weekend at the Silver Dollar.
As the show went on, Dan confessed that he had no idea how the crowd would receive their band, considering they haven’t recorded any music to date. It was an intentional move to see how people would react hearing their for the first time! A gamble yes, but from the size of the crowd and how they were received I say it was one gamble that paid off.
During the entire performance Dan was full of smiles and so was the audience as both seemed to feed off each other. It almost felt like we (the audience) were all hanging out in the Operators rehearsal space, hearing their music for the first time only everything sounded much better than just a practice. It felt very special as we we’re a part of something that had never happened before (other than the two previous nights).
The last song had members from Japandroids join in which only made the crowd go even more crazy. Once the band was finished their set,the crowd started chanting, “One More Song! One More Song!”.The band couldn’t play any additional songs anyway, because another band was scheduled to play immediately after them. For all we know, the band may not have any other songs yet.