A little over a week out from the release of new album, The Underside of Power, Algiers have shared new track, ‘Cleveland‘.
For those of you who missed it, Algiers self-titled debut album was one of 2015’s most exciting and innovative releases. Fusing together influences as seemingly diverse as gospel and soul with post-punk and industrial, tracks like ‘Black Eunuch’ and ‘Blood’ were full of the light and dark of their respective influences. But it wasn’t just the sonic delights on show that drew people in, it was the message behind it, too; revolutionary struggle, anti-colonialism and the inherent and systemic racism woven through the DNA of American history. It’s a message that’s sure to make their incoming second album, The Underside of Power one of the years most affecting records.
As a reference and tribute to Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by police in November 2014 ‘Cleveland’ is a wall of sound; heavy with the sounds of gospel choirs and urgent and pulsating electro beats. It’s the perfect backdrop for lead singer Franklin Fisher’s powerful, emotional vocal performance. Switching between the poetic and downright haunting, it’s a track heavy with history and inconvenient truths.
Fisher explains, “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.”
Take a listen to the track, below.
Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, Algiers (made up of Franklin Fisher, Ryan Mahan, Lee Tesche and former Bloc Party drummer/now full-time Algiers man, Matt Tong) will release The Underside of Power on June 23rd (via Matador Records). You can check out the video for the previous single, ‘The Underside of Power’, here.
The band is currently on tour with Depeche Mode. See full dates below.
15/6 – Paris, FR – Secret Venue
17/6 – Aarau, CH – Kiff
18/6 – Zurich, CH – Letzigrund Stadion *
19/6 – Heidelberg, DE – Karlstorbahnhof
20/6 – Frankfurt, DE – Commerzbank Arena *
21/6 – Munster, DE – Gleis22
22/6 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin *
23/6 – Berlin, DE – Musik & Freiden
25/6 – Rome, IT – Stadio Olimpico *
26/6 – Milan, IT – Santeria Social Club
27/6 – Milan, IT – Stadio San Siro *
28/6 – Rome, IT – Monk Club
29/6 – Bologna, IT – Stadio Rentao Dall’Ara *
1/7 – St. Denis, FR – Stade de France *
4/7 – Gelsenkirchen, DE – Veltins-Arena *
13/7 – Vancouver, BC – Cobalt
14/7 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
15/7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
17/7 – Oakland, CA – Starline
18/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
22/7 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
23/7 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
24/7 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
15/10 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival
* w/ Depeche Mode.