the Gospel-post-punk power trio challenge the meaning of rock as we know it & they've got us all a bit over-excited.
Led by the soul roar of singer-guitarist Franklin James Fisher, Atlanta’s Algiers are a mixed race rage against the machine, rebelling against the conservatism of the deep south with music that blends rock ‘n’ roll, churchy soul, chain gang hollers and tribal rhythms so seamlessly it sounds like a new kind of pop music. ‘algiers’ betrays the trio’s love of Nina simone and the Washington dc hardcore scene, but has the kind of melodic purpose and testifying power that might appeal equally to fans of young fathers, tv on the radio, suicide and the make-up. “post-punk seditionists whose politicised debut stumbles, drunkenly and often thrillingly across art-rock’s southern gothic Badlands” 7/10 – uncut
Natasha recommends: at first there seemed to be a lack of light & shade but i just wasn't listening properly - i soon learned i didn't want any let up in intensity. a truly powerful rock-post punk-gospel record.
james recommends : sounds huge enough for the gospel churches that inspired it.
ian recommends: a proto-punk gospel hybrid of colossal proportions.
derry recommends :the sound of the scariest southern gothic noir detective thriller of your suppressed nightmares. you can run but it's already taken hold of your soul.
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