Contact High

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Review by The Obelisk:
"Raucous Berlin six-piece Operators made an impression in 2012 with the unabashed new school stoner rock of their self-titled debut (review here) now a little older, a little wiser, a little more drunk, the band returns with Contact High, a record that wears its influences on its sleeve in much the same manner as the Satellite Beaver, Neume and Stonehenge patches grace the varsity jacket of the figure on the album’s cover. “Kiss of De Ath” resides at the end of side A of the eight-track/39-minute offering and offers some of Operators‘ most satisfying boogie as Konni‘s organ and the guitars of Jacky and Dirk align for an intricate but still-rolling groove of a midsection build while Stonehenge‘s Enni steps in as a guest singer, but it’s vocalist Eggat who makes the first impression on opener “Terra Ohm,” setting up a strong hook for the rest of Contact High to live up to. The album plays out unpretentious and riotous in kind, and while they haven’t necessarily settled down since their first outing, it’s easy enough to hear Operators as having solidified their approach somewhat. Konni‘s keys work just as well alongside the rhythm section of bassist Dän and drummer Säsh as with the guitars, and Eggat proves a formidable enough presence on cuts like “If I Burn,” “Bring on the Spice” (I don’t know whose guitar solo that is, but kudos) and the driving “Contact High” to reign the rest into cohesion. The six-and-a-half-minute “Arrows” shows a more subdued side that, somewhat surprisingly, never quite explodes into the noisy chicanery found elsewhere. Could it be that Operators are growing up right before our ears? I don’t know, but the results are fascinating and display more even potential from these Desertfest veterans"
theobelisk.net/obelisk/2014/03/06/reviews-hobosexual-midryasi-operators-pylar-system-of-venus/

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released October 2, 2013

Eggat - Vocals
Konni - Organ
Dirk - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Jacky - Guitar
Dän - Bass
Säsh - Drums & Backing Vocals

Enni - Additional Vocals on 'Kiss of De Ath'

Artwork by Boing

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OPERATORS Berlin, Germany

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Track Name: Terra Ohm
I NEVER STOP

gnaw on my toothpick
like a ritual instrument
scorpio beltbuckle
that's where i rest my hand
officer, i gotta say,
i really love your land
i drive off with a smile
to get high in white sands

i never stop - never
i never stop - maybe for gasoline
i never stop - never
i never stop - you know what i mean?

I NEVER STOP

cut, cut, cut to my favorite bar
there's this guy who's a 6 foot 5
rounds up horses by day,
downs shots by night
c'mon man, don't leave like that,
you just shouldn't drink & drive
shows me his badge,
it's easy to take that in stride

i never stop - never
i never stop - maybe for gasoline
i never stop - never
i never stop - you know what i mean?

I NEVER STOP
Track Name: Bring On The Spice
the past has no authority
it would only trouble me
i'm being ripped off by the future
imprinted in my memory
now i gotta bring on the spice
now i keep my eyes on the prize
at any cost..
so roll your own
throw the dice

BRING ON THE SPICE

coughing up blood on new year's day
make 'em feel you truly lived
embracing this foolish heritage
i lace another cigarette
recite the gonzo alphabet
while pepper mills grind in my head
grinding away..
so roll your own
throw the dice
why use all these words
when less would suffice

BRING ON THE SPICE

it's all about the life that you're livin'
it's all about the FUCK that you're givin'
it's all about the pain of bein' driven, alright
it's all about the FUCK that you're givin'

BRING ON THE SPICE

it's all about the life that you're livin'
it's all about the FUCK that you're givin'
it's all about the joy of bein' driven, alright
it's all about the FUCK that you're givin'
Track Name: Tangerine
IT WAS A FABULOUS WAY
TO MAKE 'EM THINGS RIGHT
IT WAS A GLORIOUS WAY
TO AVOID A NASTY FISTFIGHT

you lost your knife
i thought i gave it back to you and all
and i stumble through
the morning, in the evening i fall
now i'm under the gun
to take away your self-inflicted pain
just one thing i know,
i should have heard the thunder
before the rain
...before the rain came...

IT WAS A FABULOUS WAY
TO MAKE 'EM THINGS RIGHT
IT WAS A GLORIOUS WAY
TO AVOID A NASTY FISTFIGHT

we're like one-eyed jacks
blinded by greed, hands ready to choke
though we could be friends
and the pines would swallow the smoke
livin' with the insult
it's a beautiful life indeed
for a moment i'm gone
call me up when you're in need
so was there some loss?
i don't know, was there any gain?
just one thing i know
i should have heard the thunder
before the rain

IT WAS A FABULOUS WAY
TO MAKE 'EM THINGS RIGHT
IT WAS A GLORIOUS WAY
TO AVOID A NASTY FISTFIGHT
Track Name: Kiss Of De Ath
DON'T YOU FEEL LOVED
WHEN JUSTICE IS DONE
AND DON'T YOU FEEL SAFE
WHEN THE HEADLIGHTS ARE ON
SOMEONE ALWAYS PRESSES RECORD
WHEN THIS SONG IS SUNG
IF JUSTITIA WERE A COP
IT'S A GAME WE ALL WOULD HAVE WON

justice everywhere
it's the reason for your weakness,
so don't you dare
try to fill in the blanks
on the road to completeness

every frequency is the wrong frequency
when you tune in to the channel of misery
blood sweat and tear gas are right at hand
just one more swing of the bat
to the promised land
so go ahead drawing straws
for your noble cause
high five to you, applause, applause

justice everywhere
a complacent illusion, what a cross to bear
poke a hole in the soul of those in control
it's not the chimney with smoke rings
that burns the most coal

DON'T YOU FEEL LOVED
WHEN JUSTICE IS DONE
AND DON'T YOU FEEL SAFE
WHEN THE HEADLIGHTS ARE ON
SOMEONE ALWAYS PRESSES RECORD
WHEN THIS SONG IS SUNG
IF JUSTITIA WERE A COP
IT'S A GAME WE ALL WOULD HAVE WON

...don't you feel loved
...and don't you feel saved
in a game we all would have
won.
Track Name: If I Burn
sick like a pig, sick like a pig
i gotta turn myself around
sleep in my eyes, sleep in my eyes
i gotta wake up once and for all
the marrow is me, the marrow is me
it's the one thing i need to reclaim

WOULD THE FLAMES LICK AT YOUR FEET
WOULD YOU HAVE SOME SYMPATHY
WOULD YOU FLIP THE SCRIPT ON ME
IF I, IF I, IF I, IF I BURN
BURN, BURN, BURN, BURN, BURN

gotta rip it away from the core,
see what's left to burn
Track Name: Arrows
set the alarm
pull the trigger
then go back to sleep
questions remain
when was the last time
that you saw blood
milk the cow,
omit the demon
chances running scarce
endless joy
on bended knees
one end to rule them all

strike a match,
remember to
forget about yourself
clouds of arrows
aimin' nowhere,
eradication's will
a rule of thumb
acting dumb
the moment you are crowned
audience halved,
kisses and headbutts,
time just stops and then what

OH WHAT IS IT?
CAN I HAVE IT?
IS IT SOMETHING I CAN USE?
WILL IT HELP ME BREAK OUT?

it's arrows i shoot,
common sense they refute
aiming only and only at you

ARROWS.
Track Name: Contact High
the chosen few are born
with the caul
a cover of bliss
to protect them from it all
outnumbered by
the lowest on the totem pole
who seem so afraid
of breaching social protocol
they just won't take a smile
for what it's worth anymore...no...
but you, you give me words to live by,
music to die by, what a cerebral driveby

I GET A CONTACT HIGH
JUST FROM SEEING YOU SMILE
I GET A CONTACT HIGH
IT SURE LASTS A WHILE

you're auditioning for freedom,
all the time, everyday
words of yours so powerful,
these words of yours sustain
now all the rorschachs
they look like butterflies
as i stare right back
into your bloodshot eyes
you're screwing the lightbulb
right into the sun ...yeah...
and you didn't have to love me
like you did, but you did, but you did,
and i thank you

I GET A CONTACT HIGH
JUST FROM SEEING YOU SMILE
I GET A CONTACT HIGH
IT SURE LASTS A WHILE
I GET A CONTACT HIGH
JUST FROM SEEING YOU SMILE
I GET A CONTACT HIGH
IT'S BLOWIN' MY MIND

beatified by the beat
by the rumbling in your head
you gotta make yourself a saint
before you end up dead
beatified by the joy
in your half-full lovin' cup
you gotta smile back at the world
before you're endin' up
80 miles out and 6 feet deep
Track Name: Trip Van Winkle
lookin' so sharp on the way to your funeral
i hear the undertaker say
"this donkey is pregnant, the widow's a midget"
but bein' dead already, what'chu got to lose?
bein' dead already, what'chu got to lose?

SO SPREAD ALL YOUR LOVE, YEAH

tightly knotted shoestrings, uncompromising mood swings
a captain beefheart record under my arm
you wear a certain routine in your savvy calm
oh boy, i'll see you on the funny farm
i'll see you up above on the funny farm

SPREAD ALL YOUR LOVE, YEAH
SPREAD IT ALL AROUND
SO SPREAD ALL YOUR LOVE, YEAH

bein' dead already, what'chu got to lose?
bein' dead already, what'chu got to lose?