Algiers (the band)

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Really loving this album - a cross between depression era gospel-blues and gothy post-punk from Atlanta. Do you guys like them too?

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:04 (five years ago) link

I do. Had no idea they were an Atlanta band.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:06 (five years ago) link

Cool album, btwn them and the excellent Aussie band Harmony I need one more band to make for a post-punk w/ choral-vox hat trick.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:31 (five years ago) link

Their harmonies are outstanding. I'd be really interested in seeing how they operate live. There's a real chain-gang/worksong thing going on; not just in the era they're referencing, but also the way the drums are treated and the amount of reverb they use to recreate that clanging/slashing sound.

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:37 (five years ago) link

The members originally met in Atlanta, formed the band in London (2007), and the album was completed by file exchanges between three cities.

They remind me quite a bit of the On-U Sound blues/field song project Little Axe.

We'd like to conduct a wobulator test here (Sanpaku), Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:04 (five years ago) link


We'd like to conduct a wobulator test here (Sanpaku), Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:07 (five years ago) link

That would be interesting. So they did it over the internet? Do they play as a live band or is it just a recording project?

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Friday, 24 July 2015 11:22 (five years ago) link

File exchanges between the three principals in Atlanta, London, and New York. They never thought they'd play live 'til Matador A&R discovered them whilst surfing. Live, they add Matt Tong of Bloc Party as tour drummer.

Unsurprisingly, they're familiar with Sherwood, his mix of Einstürzende's "Yu-Gung" appears on their Mix #1 from May 2013.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:20 (five years ago) link

A live appearance, on French TV:

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:58 (five years ago) link

There's a pretty good KEXP session on YouTube too. Really enjoying the album, underneath all the clever sampling stuff they're obviously a pretty kick-arse rock band as well

feargal czukay (NickB), Monday, 27 July 2015 07:27 (five years ago) link

Note to self: stop saying pretty

feargal czukay (NickB), Monday, 27 July 2015 07:29 (five years ago) link

Yeah as a rock band they're really understated. My drummer and I were trying to work out exactly what was going on when we were listening to them the other night.

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Monday, 27 July 2015 08:13 (five years ago) link

This all reads very exciting. I may purchase this album on my way home today.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 27 July 2015 08:39 (five years ago) link

listening to the full album on Spotify now and there's something undeniably thrilling about a post-punk/industrial band fronted by a singer who's a direct throwback to The Four Tops

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Monday, 27 July 2015 15:59 (five years ago) link

btw it was gratifying to write the above post, google "Algiers The Four Tops" and find this interview:

FISHER: So ever since I was a kid I was playing in these bands as a lead guitarist. But it was always very Anglo-sized, you know what I mean? I was, like, playing in bands trying to emulate The Beatles or something like this. And when I was writing lyrics to these songs and trying to sing, I couldn't really find my voice. And I think Ryan perceived that I was trying to emulate a lot of my musical idols, but with whom I didn't really share any sort of aesthetic. And so he was like, hey, man, why don't you just kind of, like, reference what you know? And for me, you know, that was music that I grew up to in church or the music that my parents listen to, you know, driving my grandma's house, like Motown and things like this. And so we developed this vocal approach, and that's really me pretending that I'm in the Four Tops.

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Monday, 27 July 2015 16:02 (five years ago) link

upcoming live dates including two london shows:

feargal czukay (NickB), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 09:08 (five years ago) link

oh there's a boston date as well djp

feargal czukay (NickB), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 09:09 (five years ago) link

ASRGH! everything cool in the world seems to be happening during the crucial weeks of me moving house :-(

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 09:11 (five years ago) link

Finally catching up here a bit. Very intrigued.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:20 (five years ago) link

this is the one performance that made my hair stand on end:

feargal czukay (NickB), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:29 (five years ago) link

oooh Sep 17, eh

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:51 (five years ago) link

while listening to this record i can't stop thinking about the difficulties of mixing handclaps as your main source of percussion. the best sound in the world when there's not much else happening, but so easily swallowed up once the guitars & synths come in.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:02 (five years ago) link

cool record btw.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:02 (five years ago) link

Kind of wish I could poll this album without fear of it being a pointless exercise. So far track 3 'And When You Fall' is doing it for me best.

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:49 (five years ago) link

OMG I love this more than life.

Tim F, Sunday, 9 August 2015 07:30 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

OK, Spotify's discover playlist pointed me to this album, and holy shit is it thrilling!

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

saw these guys last night - absolutely smoking set, one of the best bands i have seen in YEARS. they do need some more songs cos it was a bit on the short side tbh, but seriously: head, heart, body and senses - everything just chewed up, spat out and set on fire

djp HOOS clouds (NickB), Monday, 9 November 2015 14:43 (five years ago) link

Yeah I saw them on Friday night alongside _jed and it was really, really good. Amazing stage presence from every member too.

The support act Jupiter-C were very different but really good too, minimal wave disco with lots of shoegaze effects.

boxedjoy, Monday, 9 November 2015 18:53 (five years ago) link

finally got around to this album and it's goddamn incredible

slothroprhymes, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:40 (five years ago) link

I will be the one naysayer, or maybe subsequent listens will win me over. On first listen, some of its too goth and industrial for my tastes. I like old-school post-punk, but am less of a goth and industrial fan. I love the 4 Tops aspect, but its done in a too abrasive manner for me. Plus, am not hearing the Adrian Sherwood dub aspects I like.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 18:28 (five years ago) link

It's definitely more on Maffia side of the On-U catalogue, but I still think Sherwood would be a good touchstone for some dub remixes. If he's not available, I'd be happy for Liam Farrell (producer behind Mbongwana Star, one of this year's more comparable albums) to do some knob twirling.

There's no Hell, so we'll improvise (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:17 (five years ago) link

Not sure I can hear much goth unless you mean a birthday party / gun club / wolfgang press gutter blues thing?

gabba cadaver (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:33 (five years ago) link

A few weeks back I know Mekon Sally Timms was extolling these guys on Facebook, and for some reason all I could think of was that band Bastille. But yeah, this album is pretty cool, and yeah, I get a hint of the Goth stuff, too. A la Fields of the Nephilim or something, though yeah, I hear a lot of that junkyard skronk blues stuff, too. Also, maybe TV on the Radio had that band existed in 1982.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:46 (five years ago) link

it's more American Gothic than 80s goth to me.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:05 (five years ago) link


gabba cadaver (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:17 (five years ago) link

someone needs to hook mark e up with this thread btw, think he would like this A LOT

gabba cadaver (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:18 (five years ago) link

It's the mechanical rhythms combined with the gospel/blues stuff that give it that Goth vibe, imo. Or, sure, whatever Wolfgang Press gets categorized as. But I'm definitely not getting the American Gothic vibe. It's way too theatrical, too dramatic, too minor-key, less mysterious more aggressively dark.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:48 (five years ago) link

That said, there's tons of stuff in here, from the gospel-y vox to the skronk AR Kane guitar to the nods to blues, electro, the spooky backing vox ... just a cool album, sounds really fresh to me.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:51 (five years ago) link

I've been rly on the fence from listening to the album. saw them last night and they were rly good. very posey in some ways, which doesn't play to my tastes, but there's an innocence to their... i guess they feel like religious "enthusiasts" in the old sense: there's an earnest innocence to the aggression, which I find immensely appealing. franklin's voice is wonderful.

don't get sherwood, don't get fœtus. not sure entirely what I do get but this I guess is uncertainty is part of what I like about them. they're really up front and central. venue cocked up the sound which distracted from the intensity a bit - all a bit farcical in fact - but very glad to have seen them.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:45 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

"The Mute Sessions were undertaken as a way of using alternate instrumentation to accentuate different sonic and conceptual contours, which may not have been so heavily in the foreground in the album versions.

Tape manipulation, musique concrete and synthesizer programming were some of the techniques employed here.

We endeavoured to strip a few of the songs of their machinations, as if re-sung from sheet music at the end of times to a tape loop and a broken piano."

etc, Friday, 1 January 2016 20:54 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

About a month ago my dad sent my brother and me a text asking "Who set up this Algiers Pandora station on my computer? It's WONDERFUL!"

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2016 17:14 (four years ago) link

someone needs to hook mark e up with this thread btw, think he would like this A LOT

yeah someone on twitter nudged me on saturday re one of their tracks.
he said it reminded him of Mecca era Age of Chance.
and in my drunken state, i could not disagree.
its on my list of "get it in fopp for a fiver".

mark e, Monday, 4 April 2016 17:34 (four years ago) link

Can you claim the credit, djp?

I can!

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 5 April 2016 15:23 (four years ago) link

saw these guys play a show last night & it was amazing! go see them, everybody

arts and crafts THIS GUY (daria-g), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 22:44 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

don't get fœtus
hearing this first time today, but oh man, the climax of irony.utility.pretext. with the repeat mock-orchestra stabs over staccato beats is totally hole-era foetus imo.

we have no facts and we're voting no (Hunt3r), Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:36 (three years ago) link

As long as this is revived, thread on the new album here:

Algiers -- The Underside of Power

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:37 (three years ago) link

Playing Baby's All Right in BK on July 22

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 28 April 2017 14:42 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

I couldn't make it last night, but I heard that advance tickets for the Chicago show, in a tiny club, were apparently pitiful.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 October 2017 18:41 (three years ago) link

seeing them tomorrow night in TO, I pledge to buy a fuckton of merch if the turnout here is bad

Simon H., Saturday, 21 October 2017 03:49 (three years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 October 2017 13:37 (three years ago) link

A M A Z I N G live band. thankfully people in my town showed up, but I picked up both LPs anyway. they deserve bigger venues and a fifth member so they can ease up on the multitasking.

Simon H., Sunday, 22 October 2017 06:14 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

what an incredible album cover

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:04 (one year ago) link

single is great. $15 tickets to their only NY play at St Vitus in April go on sale nov. 1.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:14 (one year ago) link

Going to be awesome.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:38 (one year ago) link

Looking forward to it, and love the single. Kind of glad 'Sub Bass' is not on it, not sure I could listen to that over and over again.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:06 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

New single at Adult Swim:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 17:28 (one year ago) link

The cleaner, less goth/industrial sound on these songs is a bit of a bummer for me

Simon H., Thursday, 5 December 2019 03:32 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

New one's out today. Fingers crossed for gr8ness

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 17 January 2020 13:17 (one year ago) link

Not sure about this one after a couple of listens. A lot of songs seem to peter out just as they're gaining steam.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 20 January 2020 18:40 (one year ago) link

“Chaka” is amazing. I like this new album a lot.

Tim F, Monday, 20 January 2020 20:26 (one year ago) link

Three tracks in and I think this is sounding pretty cool - it's a sonic step forward again - all sorts of lovely details in the mix

opden gnash (imago), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:13 (one year ago) link

This album is great, cosign on "Chaka"

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:14 (one year ago) link

Ah right, I should link my review here:

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:17 (one year ago) link

Chaka the highlight so far for sure

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:18 (one year ago) link

Dispossession for me

opden gnash (imago), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:42 (one year ago) link

"We Can't Be Found" and "Dispossession" are incredible.

gman59, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 04:01 (one year ago) link

OK, it's been steadily growing on me even if I'm pretty sure it's the least of the three albums (though not by as much as I feared.)

I'm confused about how popular they are/aren't. They have significantly more monthly streams on Spotify than every band in their "fans also like" recommendations (including Iceage, Preoccupations, Savages, Protomartyr, and Tropical Fuck Storm) but on both visits here they are playing one of our very smallest dedicated venues.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 27 January 2020 14:46 (one year ago) link

I was trying to remember why I didn't ever try to investigate Iceage and on a hunch googled Iceage racist

now I remember

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 27 January 2020 14:50 (one year ago) link

I can't imagine their singer's vocal uh "stylings" would be much to yr liking anyway

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 27 January 2020 14:52 (one year ago) link

I was disappointed to listen to the Trap Set interview with Matt Tong and not have Algiers touched on at all; Bloc Party and Algiers require totally different approaches and I'd like to have heard more about how he made the leap

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 27 January 2020 15:02 (one year ago) link

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP) at 8:50 27 Jan 20

I was trying to remember why I didn't ever try to investigate Iceage and on a hunch googled Iceage racist

now I remember

iirc correctly there's a thread here where Fred explains how his fellow Danes are not racist and everyone was too dumb to understand

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 27 January 2020 15:18 (one year ago) link

plz do not summon anyone to this thread based on northern european politics

babu frik fan account (mh), Monday, 27 January 2020 15:44 (one year ago) link

lol that’s all coming back to me now

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Monday, 27 January 2020 16:03 (one year ago) link

they went on Colbert

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Sunday, 2 February 2020 00:49 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Put up a full live set from a couple of weeks ago in Dublin:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 February 2020 00:09 (one year ago) link

And this one from the other day! Apparently they're going to make a thing of it.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

NYC show rescheduled to December 11. Something to look forward to.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 18:48 (eleven months ago) link

nine months pass...

and then it wasn't

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 23 January 2021 22:33 (one month ago) link

Been a couple of good solo things lately -- here's Ryan's:

And here's Lee's:

Meantime the band themselves put out this for the election -- a hell of a thing:

And even a Christmas single!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 24 January 2021 02:06 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

So Lee's Nun Gun project is out today per the link above -- and there's a dub version due in a couple of weeks. You might recognize some of the names (he said, drily).

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 February 2021 19:36 (one week ago) link

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