Algiers announce European tour dates for 2018

Despite Algiers being currently on the road, filling venues brimful with their firebrand sound and polemic appetite for change, they’re already making plans for next year.

Next year the band will pass across the shadow of the old Iron Curtain, visiting Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Macedonia ontop of a massive seven dates in Germany, and more shows in Italy, Switzerland and France.

Algiers are set to play two dates at the Moth Club in Hackney, London, on the 28th and 29th of November – capping off a hard month of touring across the continent.

Full list of dates below for Europe 2018 – tickets available for all shows at Algiers Official site

Wed, Jan 24th – Strom – Munich, DE
Fri, Jan 26th – Mocvara – Zagreb, HR
Sat, Jan 27th – Pogon Kulture – Rijeka, HR
Mon, Jan 29th – A38 Ship – Budapest, HU
Tue, Jan 30th – B72 – Vienna, AT
Wed, Jan 31st – MENT Festival @ Kino Šiška – Ljubljana, SI
Thu, Feb 1st – Dom Omladine – Belgrade, RS
Fri, Feb 2nd – MKC Youth Culture Centre – Skopje, MK
Sat, Feb 3rd – Live Terminal 1 – Sofia, BG
Fri, Feb 9th – Mylos Club – Thessaloniki, GR
Sat, Feb 10th – Temple – Athens, GR
Wed, Feb 14th – Locomotiv Club – Bologna, IT
Thu, Feb 15th – Palace – St Gallen, CH
Sat, Feb 17th – La Rodia – Besancon, FR
Mon, Feb 19th – L’Aeronef (Club Room) – Lille, FR
Thu, Feb 22nd – Indi(e)stinction Festival @ Frank K – Reutlingen, DE
Fri, Feb 23rd – Artheater – Cologne, DE
Sat, Feb 24th – Brecht Festival – Augsburg, DE
Mon, Feb 26th – Zoom – Frankfurt, DE
Tue, Feb 27th – UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
Wed, Feb 28th – Nochtspeicher – Hamburg, DE

 

Algiers share new Prurient remix of ‘Death March’

To prime us all for their impending November tour dates, Algiers have shared an epic cold-burning remix of ‘Death March’ from their recently released second record ‘The Underside of Power’. These blistering ten minutes come courtesy of Prurient and can be heard below.

Algiers are touring through Europe for the duration of next month and into the early ebbs of December too.

1/11 NL, Eindhoven – Lichting @ Alstadt
2/11, NL, Amsterdam, Paradiso
3/11, Germany, Bielefeld, Nr. z. P.
5/11, Germany, Dresden, Beatpol
6/17, Germany, Berlin, Lido
8/17, Poland, Poznan, Meskalina
9/11, Poland, Warsaw, NIEBO
10/11, Poland, Wroclaw, Firlej
11/11, Czech, Prague, Klub 007
13/11 Italy, Turin, Astoria Club
14/11 France, Nimes, Paloma
15/11 Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
16/11 France, Lyon, La Marche Gare
17/11 Switzerland Bern, Saint Ghetto Festival
18/11 Switzerland, Zurich, Bogen F
19/11 Belgium, Brussels, Botanique / Witloof Bar
20/11 France, Paris, La Maroquinerie
22/11 UK, Manchester, Soup Kitchen
23/11 UK, Liverpool, Magnet
24/11 UK, Glasgow, Fred Paton Daycare
26/11 UK, Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
27/11 UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
28/11 UK, London, Moth Club
29/11 UK, London, Moth Club
30/11 UK, Brighton, The Haunt
2/12 Ireland, Dublin, Grand Social
4/12 UK, Newcastle, The Cluny
5/12 UK, Bristol, Exchange

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Algiers – Live on KEXP

Algiers are taking the country by storm this Fall, joining !!! on tour and headlining their own run this October. Catch their formidable live performance in this recent KEXP session, playing four tracks from their 2017 LP The Underside of Power.

ALGIERS ON TOUR NOW:
Mon September 18 Nashville, TN Mercury Ballroom ^
Thu September 21 Birmingham, AL Saturn ^
Fri September 22 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge ^
Sat September 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^
Sun September 24 Dallas, TX Dada ^
Mon September 25 Austin, TX Empire Garage ^
Tue September 26 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger ^
Thu September 28 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf ^
Fri September 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
Sat September 30 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo Club ^
Sun October 1 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sun October 15 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Tue October 17 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wed October 18 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu October 19 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri October 20 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sat October 21 Toronto, ON Baby G
Sun October 22 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
Tue October 24 Cambridge, MA Sonia’s Nightclub
Wed October 25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground

^ with !!!

Algiers – Amoeba Green Room Session / Fall Tour Dates

Watch Algiers rip through three highlights from their recent LP The Underside of Power on Amoeba’s Green Room Sessions. The quartet is currently on tour with !!! and will headline their own run in October.

ALGIERS ON TOUR
Fri September 15 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Hall ^
Sat September 16 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop ^
Mon September 18 Nashville, TN Mercury Ballroom ^
Thu September 21 Birmingham, AL Saturn ^
Fri September 22 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge ^
Sat September 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^
Sun September 24 Dallas, TX Dada ^
Mon September 25 Austin, TX Empire Garage ^
Tue September 26 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger ^
Thu September 28 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf ^
Fri September 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
Sat September 30 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo Club ^
Sun October 1 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sun October 15 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Tue October 17 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wed October 18 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu October 19 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri October 20 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sat October 21 Toronto, ON Baby G
Sun October 22 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
Tue October 24 Cambridge, MA Sonia’s Nightclub
Wed October 25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground

^ with !!!

Algiers announce new UK + North American dates – Second night at The Moth Club

Algiers are an industrious band, it’s hard to argue against that. Fresh from a tour supporting Depeche Mode in Europe, and only a couple of weeks away from hitting the American highways with !!!, our working class heros have announced four top-up dates to November’s UK sprint and a further eight North American shows.

One of the four newly announced UK dates will be a second night at Hackney’s Moth Club, with tickets going on sale Tuesday 22nd August 10:00.

U.K – Nov / Dec – On sale Tuesday 22nd August 10:00 GMT

Sunday, Nov 26th – The Hare & Hounds – Birmingham, UK
Tuesday, Nov 28th – The Moth Club – London, UK
Monday, Dec 4th – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK
Tuesday, Dec 5th – Exchange – Bristol, UK

N.A – Oct – On sale Friday August 25th – 10:00 ET

Sunday, Oct 15th – Afropunk Fest – Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, Oct 17th – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
Wednesday, Oct 18th – The Basement – Columbus, OH
Thursday, Oct 19th – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
Friday, Oct 20th – PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI
Saturday, Oct 21st – Baby G – Toronto, CA
Sunday, Oct 22nd – Bar le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC
Tuesday, Oct 24th – Sonia’s Nightclub – Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, Oct 25th – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT

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Algiers – Tonight At Brooklyn Steel, Saturday at Baby’s Alright

Just a reminder that Algiers, touring in support of the universally hailed ‘The Underside Of Power’, are at Brooklyn Steel this evening supporting The Kills, while also playing Williamsburg’s Baby’s Alright tomorrow with support from Eaters.

TOUR DATES

7/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel &
7/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
7/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
7/24 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
9/13 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^
9/14 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room ^
9/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall ^
9/16 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop ^
9/18 – Nashville, TN – Mercury Ballroom ^
9/21 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn ^
9/22 – New Orleans, LA – Hi-Ho Lounge ^
9/23 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall ^
9/24 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
9/25 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage ^
9/26 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger ^
9/28 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf ^
9/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom ^
9/30 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo Club ^
10/1 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival
11/1 – Eindhoven, NL – Lichting @ Alstadt
11/2 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
11/3 – Bielefeld, DE – NR. Z. P.
11/5 – Dresden, DE – Beatpol
11/6 – Berlin, DE – Lido
11/8 – Poznan, PL – Meskalina
11/9 – Warsaw, PL – NIEBO
11/10 – Wroclaw, PL – Firlej
11/11 – Prague, CZ – Klub 007
11/13 – Turin, IT – Astoria Club
11/14 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
11/15 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz 2
11/16 – Lyon, FR – La Marche Gare
11/17 – Bern, CH – Saint Ghetto Festival
11/18 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
11/19 – Brussels, BE – Botanique/Witloof Bar
11/20 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
11/22 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
11/23 – Liverpool, UK – Magnet
11/24 – Glasgow, UK – Fred Paton Daycare
11/27 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Community Room
11/29 – London, UK – Moth Club
11/30 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
12/2 – Dublin, IE – Grand Social

^ denotes w/ !!!
& denotes w/ The Kills

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Algiers – “Cleveland” (Official Video) + New Worldwide Tour Dates

Tomorrow Algiers will begin an extensive North American tour in support of The Underside Of Power. The band have been opening for Depeche Mode in stadiums across Europe the past several weeks, not to mention being spotted in an undisclosed studio location with a disclosed collaborator.

This morning band have just released the official video for album centerpiece “Cleveland” which features the principles of the Black Panthers and was filmed in Staten Island and East new York where Eric Garner and Akai Gurley were murdered by police.

Interlaced with the principles of the Black Panthers’ Ten-Point Program, the video sees frontman and lyricist Franklin James Fisher, who self-directed the video with Marisa Gesualdi and Sam Campbell, between Staten Island and the Pink Houses project in East New York, where Eric Garner and Akai Gurley were killed at the hands of New York City Police Department. The lyrics and title summon Kindra Chapman, Andre Jones, Lennon Lacy, Sandra Bland, Roosevelt Pernell, Keith Warren, Alfred Wright and Tamir Rice, similarly victims of state sanctioned violence, making for a powerful and uncompromising message of resistance and defiance as well as a life-affirming tribute. Fisher also met the family of Eric Garner (photo below) to open a conversation on future support for the community:

“A recurring theme in our music is the idea of injustice and the bitter understanding that obtaining justice in this world is all but impossible–particularly for black and brown people.”
-frontman and lyricist Franklin James Fisher

Please follow the links below for more information and to see how you can help:

KINDRA CHAPMAN

ANDRE JONES

LENNON LACY

SANDRA BLAND

ROOSEVELT PERNELL

KEITH WARREN

ALFRED WRIGHT

TAMIR RICE

ERIC GARNER

AKAI GURLEY

PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE COMMITTEE

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER 

NATIONAL POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

BLACK LIVES MATTER

TOUR DATES
7/13 – Vancouver, BC – Cobalt
7/14 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
7/15 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
7/17 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
7/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
7/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel &
7/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
7/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
7/24 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
9/13 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^
9/14 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room ^
9/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall ^
9/16 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop ^
9/18 – Nashville, TN – Mercury Ballroom ^
9/21 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn ^
9/22 – New Orleans, LA – Hi-Ho Lounge ^
9/23 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall ^
9/24 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
9/25 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage ^
9/26 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger ^
9/28 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf ^
9/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom ^
9/30 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo Club ^
10/1 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival
11/1 – Eindhoven, NL – Lichting @ Alstadt
11/2 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
11/3 – Bielefeld, DE – NR. Z. P.
11/5 – Dresden, DE – Beatpol
11/6 – Berlin, DE – Lido
11/8 – Poznan, PL – Meskalina
11/9 – Warsaw, PL – NIEBO
11/10 – Wroclaw, PL – Firlej
11/11 – Prague, CZ – Klub 007
11/13 – Turin, IT – Astoria Club
11/14 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
11/15 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz 2
11/16 – Lyon, FR – La Marche Gare
11/17 – Bern, CH – Saint Ghetto Festival
11/18 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
11/19 – Brussels, BE – Botanique/Witloof Bar
11/20 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
11/22 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
11/23 – Liverpool, UK – Magnet
11/24 – Glasgow, UK – Fred Paton Daycare
11/27 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Community Room
11/29 – London, UK – Moth Club
11/30 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
12/2 – Dublin, IE – Grand Social

^ denotes w/ !!!
& denotes w/ The Kills

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ALGIERS – ‘The Underside Of Power’, Out Today, New Dates With !!! Announced


“Walk Like A Panther”
(stream the Uniform remix of “Walk Like A Panther” at Spotify)

“A collection of songs that articulates that fury and despair with such authority, it deserves to become the soundtrack for whatever future documentary montage captures the mess of 2017. It’s galvanizing, uncompromising, and uplifting, and it should speak to everyone who still has some fight left in them.” – Sean O’Neal, The A/V Club

Today marks the long-awaited release date for Algiers’ incendiary 2nd album, the critically-acclaimed ‘The Underside Of Power’, available on digital, CD and LP formats at the url below. The first song from the Adrian Utley and Ali Chant-produced masterpiece, “Walk Like A Panther” (featuring a sample culled from a speech by Chicago Black Panther Fred Hampton), can be heard above in lyric video form.

In addition to the previously announced European stadium dates supporting Depeche Mode and this summer’s headlining club shows in North America, Algiers have more US dates happening in September supporting !!! (see below).

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Algiers On Tour

Friday, June 23 – Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 – Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 – Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 – Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 – Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 – Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 – Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 – Black Cat, Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 13 – The Hollow, Albany, NY^
Thursday, September 14 – Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY^
Friday, September 15 – Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, PA^
Saturday, September 16 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH^
Monday, September 18 – Mercury Ballroom, Nashville, TN^
Thursday, September 21 – Saturn, Birmingham, AL^
Friday, September 22 – Hi-Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA^
Saturday, September 23 – White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX^
Sunday, September 24 – Dada, Dallas, TX^
Monday, September 25 – Empire Garage, Austin, TX^
Tuesday, September 26 – Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX^
Thursday, September 28 – Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM^
Friday, September 29 – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ^
Saturday, September 30 – SoHo Club, Santa Barbara, CA^
Sunday, October 1 – Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
Sunday, October 15 – Afropunk Festival, Atlanta, GA

* w/ Depeche Mode
^ w/ !!!

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STREAM Algiers’ “Cleveland” (From ‘The Underside Of Power’)

(photo by Dustin Condren)

“A recurring theme in our music is the idea of injustice and the bitter understanding that obtaining justice in this world is all but impossible–particularly for black and brown people. I wanted the song to sound like the Final Judgement in the Bible, wherein the wicked are judged and condemned by the righteous with all the ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth,’ of the damned when justice is finally realized. This translates in the ‘solo’ section of the song. It consists of various recordings of people inconsolably crying and weeping while the guitar and lead vocal mirror their contortions. If you’ve ever witnessed something like that in real life, sound of a person’s sorrow is equal parts frightening and musical.” – Franklin James Fisher

We’re 10 days away from the global release of Algiers’ hotly anticipated 2nd album, the Adrian Utely-produced ‘The Underside Of Power’, and with that in mind, here’s the premiere of another track from this crucial work, “Cleveland”. Algiers’ updated tour itinerary, with headlining North American dates starting July 13 following European stadium shows supporting Depeche Mode, can be found below.

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TOUR DATES
Monday, June 12 – HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Thursday, June 15 – Secret Show, Paris, FR
Saturday, June 17 – Kiff, Aarau, CH
Sunday, June 18 – Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, CH *
Tuesday, June 20 – Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, DE *
Thursday, June 22 – Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, DE *
Friday, June 23 – Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 – Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 – Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 – Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 – Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 – Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 – Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 – Black Cat, Washington, DC

* denotes w/ Depeche Mode

Coming June 23 : Algiers’ ‘The Underside Of Power’

(photo by Joe Dilworth)

“The Underside Of Power”

(directed, produced and edited by Henry Busby and Marcus Tortorici)

Hot on the heels of NPR premiering the album’s title track earlier this morning, we’re very proud to announce the release of Algiers‘ long-awaited 2nd album, ‘The Underside Of Power’ (June 23). LP preorders (starting today) will include the limited edition “Walk Like A Panther” 7″ and 16 page ‘zine created by Algiers.

Produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Hubble), ‘The Underside Of Power’ zooms across a musical landscape including but not limited to Southern rap to British grime to horror movie soundtracks to late-70s English industrial to Northern Soul. In the wake of our current political climate, Algiers cast a withering gaze on subject matter ranging from oppression, whiteness, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures.

Now a four-piece, with the addition of Bloc Party’s Matt Tong on drums, the Atlanta-London-NYC band will bring their intense live show to major East and West Coast markets this summer, following an previously announced arena & stadium tour with Depeche Mode in Europe.

TRACKLISTING
1. Walk Like A Panther
2. Cry Of The Martyrs
3. The Underside Of Power
4. Death March
5. A Murmur. A Sign.
6. Mme Rieux
7. Cleveland
8. Animals
9. Plague Years
10. A Hymn For An Average Man
11. Bury Me Standing
12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly

PRE-ORDER / stream : ‘The Underside Of Power’ / stream

preorder specials : “Walk Like A Panther” b/w “Walk Like A Panther” (Uniform remix) 7″ + 16 page zine, exclusively available with LP preorders from The Matador Store

UK : Brighton’s Resident Records have an exclusive cream vinyl edition with cover art designed by Algiers – preorder here.

on tour (new shows in bold) :

Tuesday, June 6 – Patterns, Brighton UK
Wednesday, June 7 – Shacklewell Arms, London UK –

Sunday, June 11 – HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Monday, June 12 – HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Thursday, June 15 – Secret Venue, Paris, FR
Saturday, June 17 – Kiff, Aarau, CH
Sunday, June 18 – Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, CH *
Tuesday, June 20 – Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, DE *
Thursday, June 22 – Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, DE *
Friday, June 23 – Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 – Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 – Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 – Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 – Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 – Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 – Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 – Black Cat, Washington, DC

* – supporting Depeche Mode

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This is the musical response that dark times demand, one that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and thorns of precedent in said resistance.

“This album was recorded in a political environment that collapses the late 70s economic crisis and the looming onslaught of arch-conservative neoliberalism, via Thatcher and Reagan, into the late 1930s, a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad,” says bassist Ryan Mahan. Their shared experiences and collective understanding of this rising tide of sinister politics compels them to make music together, to combat the potentially crippling waves of frustration and despair to let out a soulful roar, a call-to-action set to an eclectic, positively electric beat.

The inclination to do otherwise is one worth fighting. Take Algiers frontman Franklin James Fisher, for example. Writing incendiary and even beauteous lyrics from inside a Manhattan nightclub’s coat check room, enduring the same damn songs thumping away nightly in the next room for the pleasures of a predominantly white audience, he tends to see the bigger picture as well as its pointillistic details.

“This nightclub is every nightclub in the world, basically. Whatever is being played there, whatever is happening there is happening everywhere else in the world,” he says. “It’s as if the entire history of music is boiled down to these fifteen artists–and I use the term loosely,” he says with an exasperated, dismissive sneer. With the world burning outside, a generation’s obliviously privileged dances to a carbon copied soundtrack.

It speaks volumes that a black man in America with an expensive Master’s degree–and all its overwhelming personal debt–finds himself picking up shifts at such a place that literally manifests the culture industry’s exploitation and commodification of black experience. An aptly unjust fate, Fisher is confined to an enclosed space while others move their feet freely mere steps away from him. “You have to find ways of getting through it without completely losing your mind. Luckily I’m able to escape inside my own head.”

Fortunately, the multiracial quartet Algiers provides more than mere distraction, but rather a revelatory creative release and wholesale rejection of the globally normative corporate playlist culture. Poke at the seasoned members’ bruised flesh, and out come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich, and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black Lives Matter and its 20th century forbears gather, surge, and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled, acute dissent more interested in learning from the past than in evoking nostalgia.

And while many artists seem uninterested or even afraid to fully engage with these potent topics in song, Algiers has zero qualms about taking a direct approach. “We’re fortunate enough now where we’re able to openly talk about racist, violent police and murderous state structures,” says Mahan. “When we were growing up in the South, these critiques of class and race oppression were largely and sometimes violently suppressed. It’s why we take inspiration from the Panthers or the Chicano movement, to name two.”

Adding to this Casbah rocking mix of ideas is the relatively recent inclusion of drummer Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party. Joining the group for the touring cycle following their prior album, he’d spent time gelling with the original trio as a core component of their simply ferocious live sets to understand and help shape the dynamic. For a band that seems to revel and thrive in flux, Tong’s substantial role in the making of The Underside Of Power worked out well.

Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives both in and outside of music, Algiers’ continued deviation from a more traditional band approach created a more versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective and respective panoply of influences and styles.

Some of this is informed by their choice of collaborators in this process, a crew that includes Adrian Utley [Portishead], Ben Greenberg [Uniform, The Men], Randall Dunn [Sunn 0)))], among others. Pick any track off The Underside of Power and the reference points expand exponentially, a dizzying and thrilling Recommended-If-You-Like list that would consume a series of afternoons.

Featuring a fully-sanctioned sample of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton, the revolutionary “Walk Like A Panther” presents an alternate reality where Adrian Sherwood produced Yeezus instead of Rick Rubin, with Fisher bellowing justifiable threats over a storm of formidable sonics. “Death March” fuses post-punk primacy to the Italo-horror tradition, in an effort to mirror a looming and perpetual sense of modern dread. Elsewhere, the raucous “Cleveland” turns into a full-on demonstration, with names of victims of institutionally sanctioned racial violence like Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice invoked over a neck-snapping electro beat.

The dangerously poppy title track finds a glorious midpoint between Suicide and The Temptations, making for the catchiest expression of outrage this side of the ‘70s. A molotov cocktail of a single, that particular song represents a potential paradox for Algiers, the maintaining of a renegade righteousness in the midst of a peppy soul tune. “It’s more important than ever in this particular time, but it’s something we’ve never shied away from,” says Tesche.

The band doesn’t concern themselves with that risk. “No matter what your messaging is, you can’t control what people will or won’t take away from it,” says Mahan. “The only thing you can do is put stuff of substance out there.” – Gary Suarez

Algiers to support Depeche Mode on European stadia tour


Photo credit – Chiara Viola Donati

Up until now the tastiest link between Matador Records and Depeche Mode has been Anthony Anzaldo’s left arm.

In a bid to out-do this, Algiers have announced they will support Depeche Mode on their upcoming European tour, playing some pretty sizeable venues along the way – including the Stade De France, Stadio Olimpico and the San Siro stadium in Milan – which we’re willing to bet hasn’t seen a performance as aggressive since Gennaro Gattuso donned the famous black & red.

Tour dates:

June 11th – HDI Arena – Hannover, DE
June 12th – HDI Arena – Hannover, DE
June 18th – Letzigrund Stadion – Zurich, CH
June 20th – Commerzbank-Arena – Frankfurt, DE
June 22nd – Olympiastadion – Berlin, DE
June 25th – Stadio Olimpico – Rome, IT
June 27th – San Siro – Milan, IT
June 29th – Stadio Renato Dall’ara – Bologna, IT
July 1st – Stade De France – Paris, FR
July 4th – Veltins-Arena – Gelsenkirchen, DE

Tickets available on the official Depeche Mode site

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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

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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 :

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

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Algiers – New Dates With “Burn To Shine” Screenings

(photo : Titouan Massé)

Algiers have announced a run of East Coast tour dates that will be accompanied by screenings of the sixth installment of Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Christoph Green’s Burn To Shine film series. After being delayed for nearly a decade, Burn To Shine 6: Atlanta will premiere on April 9th at The EARL in Atlanta, with performances by Algiers and Moon Diagrams (Moses Archuleta of Deerhunter).

The filmmakers and Algiers will then take the screenings up the East Coast (the latter’s full list of tour dates below includes Coachella and Panorama Festival), with the film available at burntoshineatlanta.com following the April 13th screening in NYC

Producer Brendan Canty and Director Christoph Green filmed 6 editions of Burn To Shine with their roving crew of shooters and audio geeks between 2004 and 2007, which included the likes of Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Shellac, The Shins, Eddie Vedder, Tortoise, Will Oldham, Ted Leo, and many more.

Burn To Shine 6: Atlanta full line-up includes performances by Shannon Wright, The Selmanaires, The Liverhearts, Deerhunter, the Carbonas, The Black Lips, The Mighty Hannibal, Delia Gartrell, The Coathangers, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, Mastadon, and Snowden.

After being delayed for nearly a decade, this Atlanta installment, curated by Lee Tesche of Algiers, holds vitality like no other, showing a music scene and city in transition, where generations past collide with major bands on the rise, capturing artists at the height of their powers, a few local legends who have since disappeared, and others that have gone on to much wider success.

Algiers Tour Dates & Screenings:
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
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(UK customers can order ‘Algiers’ from Resident, Piccadilly, Rough Trade or Jumbo).

Algiers online :

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PRIMAVERA SOUND 2016 PORTO: ALGIERS, CAR SEAT HEADREST & SAVAGES ANNOUNCED

Yup, that’s right. Algiers, Car Seat Headrest and Savages are heading to sunny Porto for Primavera this year.

“The spirit felt on the stages and on the grass of the Parque da Cidade for three days is the spirit of the city of Porto. An open city in constant mutation, that loves to give and receive. It is here that NOS Primavera Sound starts. It is in the heart of the city that we welcome the audience that arrives to enjoy every proposal that NOS Primavera Sound and Porto have to offer.”

Get your tickets HERE.

PRIMAVERA SOUND 2016 BARCELONA: ALGIERS, CAR SEAT HEADREST, SAVAGES & STEVE GUNN ANNOUNCED

Algiers, Car Seat Headrest, Savages and Steve Gunn are all joining this incredible line up in Barcelona for Primavera festival this year, June 1st – June 5th. More info regarding specific days and stage times to come.

“Primavera Sound reveals the line-up for its forthcoming edition. The programme of events will take place mainly in the Parc del Fòrum of Barcelona from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th June and will be complemented by a large number of concerts in various sites in the Raval neighbourhood, which means that music will be on offer for the whole week. More than 150 bands and artists that will dazzle audiences and complete the outstanding offer with a multitude of genres in which there will be something for everyone.”

More details / tickets: http://www.primaverasound.es

Algiers – Mute Studio Sessions

Algiers – Blood (Mute Studio Sessions)

stream via Spotify

“Blood”
“But She Was Not Flying”
“Remains”

“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.”

Earlier this week, Algiers have been compiling a series of personal playlists on the band tumblr alongside photos from the past year of touring ;

“Samples Reconstructed” – Franklin James Fisher
“Autumn Leaves” – Franklin James Fisher
“Hip hop and other dystopias” – Ryan Mahan
“October Moods” – Lee Tesche

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