Algiers

Biography

The debut LP by Algiers is haunted by promises of the past: the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul, the scene-searching intensity of DC hardcore and the smeared viscosity of post-punk and no wave. After all, as Marx once said: “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” But rather than revel in a state of nostalgia, the band wields these burdened visions to charge headlong into the future.

Over the album’s eleven tracks, these three émigrés of the American Deep South lay waste to appropriators, oppressors, revivalists and the cultural shock troops of capitalism. Vocalist Franklin James Fisher’s every shriek and incantation will take you from the sweaty fervor of Dennis Edwards-era Temptations through the righteous rebellion of Nina Simone to the solitary midnight howls of PJ Harvey. Shards of Lee Tesche’s guitar, along with Ryan Mahan’s bass pulses and synthesizer slashes, pierce through the processional, transforming neo-modernist hymns with explosions of foreboding and dread that evoke the vanguard of pop experimentation from Suicide to Roland S. Howard.

In an era when political subjectivity and human connectivity have been smashed to pieces by the demands of finance capital, Algiers has taken its stance: to maintain fidelity to these subversive spirits and trudge toward the light. While they may never arrive at their destination – consigned to a life of wandering – they conjure the dead sound to life in frightening new directions.

News From The Matablog

NOS PRIMAVERA SOUND PORTO SCHEDULE



Just a heads up for those of you at Primavera Sound in Porto this weekend commencing 9th June - 11th June, we have several members of the Matador family performing. Stages and times below. Get them in your diaries.

Friday June 10th

21:25 SAVAGES (Palco Super Bock stage)

Saturday June 11th

18:50 ALGIERS (Palco Supert Bock stage)
21:15 CAR SEAT HEADREST (Palco Pitchfork stage)

 

More info.

Primavera Sound Barcelona WFMU schedule



Algiers, Car Seat Headrest, Savages and Steve Gunn all join this year's Primavera Sound in sunny Barcelona which commenced this week. For those of you who unfortunately aren't basking in the sun watching these bands, you can listen to Car Seat Headrest and Steve Gunn's sets through the magic of the airwaves courtesy of WFMU. Times below (EDT).

Friday June 3rd

5:15pm Car Seat Headrest (EDT)

11:20pm Steve Gunn (EDT)

You can find more info here.

Algiers & Azuma Makoto- "Blood" & "Black Eunuch" In The Desert



"Watch incredible installation artist Azuma Makoto 東信 arrange us in a totemistc aural embrace with a suspended palm tree: (Fear not for the young tree; it was returned to the nursery after the shoot for earth nurturing to recommence.)"
"Blood" "Black Eunuch" Upcoming shows: Friday, May 27 - Headrow House, Leeds, United Kingdom Saturday, May 28 - Picture House, Sheffield UK Sunday, May 29 - The Haunt, Brighton, United Kingdom Monday, May 30 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom Thursday, June 2 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain Saturday, June 4 - This Is Not  A Love Song Festival, Nimes, France Sunday, June 5 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim, Germany Tuesday, June 7 - Bogen F, Zurich, Swizerland Wednesday, June 8 - Le Romandie, Lausanna, Switzerland Saturday June 11 - Primavera Porto, Porto, Portugal July 22 - Panorama Festival, New York NY order ‘Algiers’ direct from the Matador Store* on LP, CD or from one of the digital outlets below : iTunes Amazon Google Play (UK customers can order ‘Algiers’ from ResidentPiccadillyRough Trade or Jumbo). Algiers online : WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram    

TONIGHT - Algiers at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Burn To Shine Screening

 



(photo: Immersive Atlanta)

Tickets are still available for tonight's screening of the film Burn To Shine, which will be accompanied by a performance from Algiers and Savak (members of Obits, Edsel, The Make-Up, NOU). Immersive Atlanta interviewed Lee Tesche if you'd like to read up more on the making of film. The trailer can be watched here.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Saturday, April 16 - Coachella (Empire Polo Field), Indio CA
Monday, April 18 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, April 23 - Coachella (Empire Polo Field), Indio CA
Friday, May 27 - Headrow House, Leeds, United Kingdom
Sunday, May 29 - The Haunt, Brighton, United Kingdom
Monday, May 30 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
Thursday, June 2 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
Saturday, June 4 - This Is Not  A Love Song Festival, Nimes, France
Sunday, June 5 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim, Germany
Tuesday, June 7 - Bogen F, Zurich, Swizerland
Wednesday, June 8 - Le Romandie, Lausanna, Switzerland
Saturday June 11 - Primavera Porto, Porto, Portugal
July 22 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
*w/ Savages

JUST ANNOUNCED: ALGIERS UK/EU SPRING TOUR



It's been a while since Algiers stirred European waters, but we're pleased to announced they are back on tour this spring. See the full list of all upcoming shows below:

Thursday, May 30th - 100 Club, London, UK
Friday, May 27th - Headrow House, Leeds, UK
Sunday, May 29th - The Haunt, Brighton, UK
June 2nd Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 4th - This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes, FR
Monday, June 5th - Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim, DE
Tuesday, June 7th - Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, June 8th - Le Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland
June 11th - Primavera NOS, Porto, Portugal

They will also be participating in the Burn To Shrine screenings, curated by Lee Tesche of the band, and some US festivals on the dates below. More info on this Matablog post.

April 9 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL – Burn To Shine screening premiere – w/ Moon Diagrams (Moses Archuleta from Deerhunter)
April 11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle – Burn To Shine screening
April 12 – Washington, DC – Black Cat – Burn To Shine screening – w/ Sunwolf (members of Fugazi, French Toast, Felt Letters)
April 13 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge – Burn To Shine screening – w/ Savak (members of Obits, Edsel, The Make-Up, NOU)
April 16 & 23 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival
July 22 – New York, NY – Panorama Festival

order ‘Algiers’ direct from the Matador Store* on LP, CD or from one of the digital outlets below :

iTunes
Amazon
Google Play

(UK customers can order ‘Algiers’ from ResidentPiccadillyRough Trade or Jumbo).

Algiers online :

WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram

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