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The Operators


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“Giddy, raucous spaz-punk out of the suburbs of Boston that recalls the best parts—the crankiness, the furious single-string guitar, the excitement—of all those records K put out in the early ’90s, with a dollop of The Raincoats’ crash-boom-pop shamble for good measure. Let them be your favorite band, just so that grin that sprouts on your face after the first song doesn’t come as too much of a shock.”

In 1998 classically-trained-violinist-turned-DIY-guitarist Emily Arkin and bassist-from-birth Jen Godfrey merged vocals with 4-track avatar Paul Coleman’s sparse drumming. A year later, Stephanie Melikian joined the trio to share drumming, guitar playing, and bottle throwing duties. Together, the Operators stood out in the Boston scene with a healthy dose of dueling guitars and grueling time changes.

The Ops released their second LP in 2004, The Light and the Dark, earning a place on the CMJ charts. Their first, Citizens Band, (2002) also garnered widespread radio play and glowing critical praise. In addition, they released two 7” records; performed alongside the likes of the Bush Tetras, Bangs, Bonfire Madigan, Sarah Dougher, Origami, J Mascis, and Mr. Airplane Man; and played and helped organize two annual Ladyfests in New York City, as well as Bazaar Bizarre (a Punk Rock Craft Fair) and an Indie-Rock Mini-Circus in Boston.


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