North East indie five-piece, led by former Sunderland pub landlord Frankie Francis, who formed over a mutual love of the Housemartins and the Smiths. Think of these classic bands, combined with influences ranging from Orange Juice to Dexys Midnight Runners, Bobby Conn and Billy Childish, then add the Sunderland accents of the Futureheads or Maximo Park. Finally, complete with a hair quiff modelled on James Dean, some quivering hips and a gyrating bottom, and you've got The Heartstrings.
With it's colossal opening stomp, raucous debut single 'Stephanie' saw Hello Operator smash though the glass ceiling of public expectation. In April 2016, the North Yorkshire lads' first emission of fuzz-fuelled rock was championed on BBC Radio 1's 'Introducing Track of the Week'. Since then, the band have unleashed follow up singles 'Operator Hour' and 'Vex Money', and four-track mammoth EP 'Love is a Loan'. Below it's layers of shrewd vocal hooks, guitar licks and crashing cymbals, a dark undercurrent runs deep in the veins of this band, leaving you in the corner, pleading for another hit. Nowadays, while many acts are suckered into the shiny marbled exterior of it's clichés, Hello Operator continue carve a new depth into the words 'rock and roll'.
"I've never travelled this far to see a band. Hello Operator exceeded my wildest dreams - They rock harder than anyone." - Tony Visconti
"Every so often a band comes along that feels just that little bit different" - Greg James, BBC Radio 1