Algiers are a band who are unafraid of urgency, whether it is the righteous indignation of their lyrics or the polyglot playground of their sound. While eschewing genre may be an approach many groups claim, Algiers truly cannot be contained. Started by restless Atlanta natives Franklin James Fisher (guitar/vocals), Ryan Mahan (bass) and Lee Tesche (guitar) with former Bloc Party member Matt Tong joining them on drums, the band makes music that is truly dystopian. Fisher’s voice is informed by the sound of gospel records his mother played while he was growing up, but the lyrics are far less hopeful. Full of righteous indignation, theirs is soul music for the end of the world.
Having recently released their latest album, The Underside of Power, the release strives to be the rallying cry for a tumultuous time. This is demonstrated by the opening track, that you can check out below:
If you like what you hear you can pick up advance tickets for £9 here.