2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA, 92101
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Operators is a Montreal based project created by Daniel Boeckner, (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), Devojka, and Sam Brown (Divine Fits, New Bomb Turks) in 2014. The band released an EP (EP1) in 2014, and released their first LP (Blue Wave) in 2016, via Last Gang Records. Operators supported these releases with a series of international tours across North America, and Europe. Like Handsome Furs, Operators’ music has resonated particularly well with Eastern European audiences. The band has been well received across clubs and premier festivals, such as Primavera (where they were asked to play two years in a row - something that is usually unheard of).
While recording their sophomore LP, the members of the band kept busy with a series of other endeavours, including the promotional cycle around Wolf Parade’s Cry Cry Cry LP, a series of performances in which Operators played material from the Handsome Furs catalog (which all sold out in less than six hours), and Boeckner’s original song for the critically acclaimed 2018 film Mandy.
Radiant Dawn will be released in May 2019 via Last Gang Records. The album's nine tracks
meld raw analog hardware with Boeckner's distinct voice to create an immersive cinematic sound. Interspersed between the tracks are instrumental intertitles that amplify the album’s 1970s sci-fi dystopian feel. For fans of Boeckner’s catalogue, Radiant Dawn feels like the next logical step in the artist’s two decade career, while maintaining a completely fresh energy
Radiant Dawn was written and recorded throughout 2018 and early 2019 in Montreal and Vancouver Island. Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury played bass and arranged the song “Low Life”, the album’s closing track. The album was mixed by Wolf Parade's Arlen Thompson, as well as up and coming Montreal engineer Napster Vertigo (who also produced the album). The album was mastered by the Lodge’s Emily Lazar (on the heels of her 2019 Grammy award win).
DOOMSQUAD is a multi-platform art project comprised of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn and Allie Blumas whose current work is informed by an attempt to conceptualize the lore and mystique of the Canadian wilderness by exploring how that lore is received and experienced within Western culture. Their music utilizes an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic instruments and loops that bridge Western popular music traditions like garage rock and psychedelia with spiritually infused indigenous approaches to music like trance, repetition, breathing and chants.
For just over a year, the group has been festering around the
Toronto/Montreal underground, prodominently playing lofts and
unofficial venue spaces. The band officially "came out" during this past NXNE festival with 4 showcases. The official NXNE website featured them as "one of the best new acts to watch out for", and Resonacity magazine also declared them one of the best of the fest. Opening slots for Doldrums and Suuns, eventually lead to Owen Pallett selecting DOOMSQUAD to headline his curated Destination Out showcase for Exclaim Magazine's 20th Anniversary.
DOOMSQUAD is near completion of their debut full-length album, Kalaboogie, which co-produced and mixed by HDD musician Leon Taheny (Bruce Penninsula, Dusted, Katie Stelmanis, Final Fantasy), who was referred by Owen Pallett.