A SIDE – CRUEL
B – SIDE – KING SOLOMON (Live In Hamburg)
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 2nd 2021
“Every so often a band comes about that feels just a little bit different” – Greg James BBC Radio 1
“These guys just keep getting better and better” – John Kennedy – Radio x
“One of the best new bands on the planet” – ThIS Feeling
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Hello Operator are set to release their brand new single ‘cruel’ via all streaming services on 2nd April 2021.
The track is a dark blues tale about the dealing with grim realities, which pulsates with thumping rhythm section, hypnotic vocals and slick and fuzzy overtones.
The band state:
“I hate feeling cynical, but I can’t help it. It turns the eyes all swamp green and bubbling with reptiles. Cruel felt like an attempt to clear the waters, to pull up some of the scum, griddle it, and start thinking of a better meal.”
The single also includes a rip-roaring live version of live favourite ‘King Solomon’, recorded in Hamburg.
“The crowd were like a flock of fucking owls man, who who who. I stretched my wings wide and said, “Us? We’re Hello Operator from Huby”. Some fucker threw a courgette. Needless to say, when the tune kicked in, the pit fluttered like a freak show; one woman even spun her head the whole way around.”
Hello Operator formed through, amongst other things, a shared admiration for The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys. Their sound is riddled with heavy guitar riffs, thumping drums and an unmistakable vocal. Max Dalton, lead singer: “I watched a clip of Otis Rush singing ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ and thought ‘I’ve gotta sing like that!’.”
Back in 2014, four North Yorkshire lads decided to start up a band for their school’s annual concert. Little did they know, the following years would lead them travelling around the globe, playing countless prestigious festivals (Leeds, Reading and Isle of Wight), securing a world-wide publishing deal with Sony ATV and working with some of the industries most renowned figures (Tony Visconti, Nitin Sawhney, Bob Geldof, Carl Barat, Frank Carter). This year, Hello Operator are set to release their eagerly awaited debut album.
2020 Saw Hello Operator under a new management and record label Aviator Entertainment, Hello Operator stand on the brink of 2.5 million Spotify plays from just a handful of releases. Their debut album ‘Hello Operator’ was released on November 13th.