First sight

Just who are Operator Please?

Who are they?

A three-girl/ two-boy gang of over-excitable - in the best possible way - kids from Australia's Gold Coast. After winning their school Battle of the Bands competition, they decided world domination would be the next obvious step.

And how's that going?

Owing to their ages - the majority of the band are still under 18 - their recent tour of the UK saw a number of gigs cancelled because they were too young to enter the venues. Despite that setback, they still tore up the various shows they did play with their fizzy guitar pop songs.

What else did they get up to in the UK? Apart from winning the hearts of crowds old enough to be their parents, they started laying down tracks for their debut LP. However, seeing that they are only just about to launch their Cement Cement EP in Australia, it'll probably be a fair while until that first full-length album touches down.

Where can I hear them?

They're about to embark on tours of their homeland with Kaiser Chiefs and Maxïmo Park, but then they'll be back on these shores to play the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds in August. If you can't wait that long, catch them on or grab hold of Just a Song About Ping Pong, which is released on July 9 but is available to buy as a download right now.


Leonie Cooper

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