Algiers (band)

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Algiers
Algiers Live London 2015.jpg
Franklin James Fisher performing with Algiers in London in 2015
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres
Years active2007–present
LabelsMatador
Associated acts
  • Lyonnais
  • Liverhearts[1]
Websitealgierstheband.com
MembersFranklin James Fisher
Ryan Mahan
Lee Tesche
Matt Tong

Algiers is an American band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalists Franklin James Fisher, Ryan Mahan, and Lee Tesche. They have been noted for blending disparate musical influences including gospel, post-punk, and industrial music into a unique sound.[2][3] Their style is also diverse thematically, with inspirations ranging from Southern Gothic literature to the concept of the Other, and has provoked descriptions such as "dystopian soul".[4][3]

History[edit]

Franklin, Ryan and Lee met and grew up playing music together in Atlanta, Georgia but was officially formed in London in 2007.[5] They chose the name Algiers in reference to a key historical site of anti-colonial struggle, symbolizing a contested space where violence, racism, resistance, and religion commingle.[2]

The group released their first single “Blood” in January 2012 via Atlanta based label Double Phantom. Byron Coley for The Wire wrote “Although the fusion may have been touched upon in recordings related to both The Birthday Party and The Gun Club, Algiers are dedicated to grafting gospel music onto post-punk guitar-cuzz...this record is mesmerising and really sucks you in with its weird power.”[6]

The band's self-titled debut album was released through Matador on June 2, 2015.[7] In 2015, ahead of their eponymous release, the band opened for Interpol, during their North American Tour.[8] Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party, has been playing drums for Algiers since early 2015.[8] Their live show has been described as "recalling at various points PIL’s dub-style expansions, Afrobeat, industrial, no wave, free jazz, Suicide, the XTC of “Travels in Nihilon,” Nick Cave’s fire and brimstone, and musique concrète."[9]

Members[edit]

  • Franklin James Fisher – vocals, guitar, piano, Rhodes piano, cello, percussion, sampling
  • Ryan Mahan – bass, synthesisers, piano, percussion, drum programming, backing vocals
  • Lee Tesche – guitar, loops, percussion, backing vocals
  • Matt Tong – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs and Singles[edit]

  • "Blood" / "Black Eunuch" (2012, Double Phantom Records)
  • "Mute Studio Sessions" (2015, Matador)
  • "Walk Like A Panther" (2017, Matador)
  • "Blood" / "Black Eunuch" (2017, Geographic North)

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeMerritt, Paul (June 2, 2015). "Algiers revive protest music". Creative Loafing. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Turner, Luke (April 22, 2015). "Escape Velocity You Have To Fight For Change: Algiers Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "10 Great Things to do in RI This Weekend". Go Local Providence. September 21, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Hardmeyer, Casey (June 21, 2015). "Dystopian Soul". Willamette Week. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Hogan, Marc (June 4, 2015). "New Music to Know: Algiers Battle for Indie Rock's Soul". CBS Radio. Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Coley, Byron. “Reviews”, The Wire (magazine), London, October 2012.
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom (August 4, 2017). "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  8. ^ a b White, Caitlin (June 26, 2017). "Band To Watch: Algiers". Stereogum. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Klein, David (June 9, 2015). "Live: Algiers win an uphill battle in Carrboro". Indy Week. Retrieved July 4, 2015.

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