Introducing – Operator Six

April 11, 2009 by  


Yorkshire four-piece Operator Six are not exactly the new kids on the block. Formed in 2005, the band has paid their dues touring the length and breadth of the country. Made up of the brothers Boyce (Adam on guitar and vocals, Alex on guitar), Darren Akeroyd on bass and Ian Atkinson on drums, the boys have always been heavily into their music, ?We’ve all been in different bands in the past,? says Adam, ?we put it all together and here we are!?

Supporting bands such as The Rifles and The Moons, they have gathered a substantial live fan base with their own twist on honest, soulful indie rock. ?I recently read us being described as ‘an English Kings of Leon’ which I’m not sure about, but it?s a massive compliment.? While perhaps being a little misleading as a comparison, one thing the bands do have in common is the desire and ability to make punchy, powerful music with identity.

Operator Six are not short of high-profile admirers, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and The Rifles to name a few. ?We are a likeable band?, says Adam, ?so when we have played with Paul, etc, they seem interested in what we do and try support us as much as they can, which is a blessing?. And support they have; after supporting Weller, the boys were invited to his Black Barn Studios to record some new material. Playing with Ocean Colour Scene gave the boys a taste of bigger things, ?Didn?t expect there to be a 20,000 people crowd – great gig!?

Recent times have seen more high profile gigs supporting The Rifles on their 2008 tour and The Moons earlier this year. So what can we expect next from the Keighley boys? ?I think the aim is just to play as much as possible and pick up as many fans as we can,? says Adam, ?We are also thinking about recording the debut album this summer – so to put that out would be great.?

So, if the current crop of colourful, synth-soaked electro children has you a little worn down,
you could do far worse than checking out the well-written, well-played and thoughtful indie-rock of Operator Six. How often is Paul Weller wrong? Alright, maybe with the Style Council, but everyone?s allowed one, right?

Operator Six have music available to download on iTunes, HMV and Napster and will be touring in May, check for dates.

By Liam Clune