Following the release of their highly acclaimed second LP The Underside Of Power, Algiers have unveiled an incendiary new video for album centrepiece Cleveland.
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 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 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 to open a conversation on future support for the community.
Fresh from supporting Depeche Mode on their huge stadium tour, Algiers have also announced their own UK and European headline tour in November, which will see them bring their arresting live show to a host of venues across the country, including a date at London’s Moth Club on 29 November.
The Underside Of Power has emerged as one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year so far, with praise pouring in from both sides of the Atlantic from publications including The Observer, Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Wire, The Quietus, A.V Club, DIY, Clash and The Line Of Best Fit among many others, as well as entering the UK Record Store Chart top 10.
The album sees the transatlantic four piece, based between NYC and London and now counting Bloc Party founding member Matt Tong on drums, delve into political unrest both in the US and UK, touching on oppression, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures, via a visceral and incendiary musical palette traversing Northern soul and gospel to IDM, industrial, italo, grime, and musical touchstones such as Suicide, Afrika Bambaata, The Pop Group, Public Enemy and Nina Simone.
“…. gleefully fuses classic 60s soul with post-punk experimentation to frequently astonishing effect” - The Observer ****
“…a genuinely new way to mangle the blues” – Rolling Stone
“… the 20th century reimagined as a series of revolutionary spirituals” – The Wire