AL­GIERS The Un­der­side of Power

Mata­dor

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When Al­giers’ first al­bum came out in 2015, dur­ing the age of Obama, their revo­lu­tion­ary zeal felt some­how out of time. Two years later, post-San­ders and Cor­byn, it feels like the zeit­geist has caught up with them. Maybe that’s why The Un­der­side of Power feels like such a vi­tal piece of work. The ti­tle track speaks to front­man Franklin Fisher’s experience of, as he puts it, “the full brunt of in­sti­tu­tional force”, and he meets it with ut­ter de­fi­ance: an elec­tri­fy­ing stew of post-punk and hol­ler­ing Stax soul.

Cry of the Mar­tyrs and Cleve­land are apoc­a­lyp­tic spir­i­tu­als, while Death March, with its talk of “crypto­fas­cist con­ta­gion” goes darker still. There are echoes of Sui­cide, Na­tion Of Ulysses, and the Afghan Whigs among others, but Al­giers amount to much more than the sum of their in­flu­ences. Now is their time. al­gier­s­the­band.com CHRIS JONES

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