Algiers will release their second album The Underside Of Power on Friday 23rd June. Check out the Henry Busby-directed video for the first single and title track ‘The Underside of Power’ below!
Recorded largely in Bristol and produced by Adrian Utley and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn, with post-production by Ben Greenberg, The Underside Of Power follows Algiers’ 2015 debut and touches on oppression, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures.
Led by vocalist and lyricist Franklin James Fisher, their shared experiences and collective understanding of this rising tide of sinister politics – growing up together in Atlanta and witnessing first-hand the pervasiveness of racialised and institutional violence – compels them to make music together, to combat the potentially crippling waves of frustration and despair and to let out a soulful roar, a call-to-action set to an eclectic, positively electric beat.
The title track represents a potential paradox for Algiers, the maintaining of a renegade righteousness in the midst of a peppy soul tune. The band doesn’t concern themselves too much with that risk, however. “No matter what your messaging is, you can’t control what people will or won’t take away from it,” says Mahan. “The only thing you can do is put stuff of substance out there.”
Listen / purchase ‘The Underside of Power’ here.