The band formed on the Isle of Wight in 2006. In June 2006 they came second in the Wight Noize Auditions and so won a prime time slot at the Isle of Wight Festival. Their debut album was self released at the end of 2007 entitled What You See Is What I Sell. In April 2008 their song "Pictures of You" won the 'Fresh Meat' competition on the Zane Lowe show, and was played every night that week on BBC Radio One. The band headlined The Band Stand on 12 June at the 2008 Isle of Wight Festival where they showcased material from their new album. They are set to play at Bestival 2008 in early September, also taking place on The Isle of Wight.
- The Operators performed on BalconyTV London in July 2011.