Algiers is an American experimental band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band is composed of vocalist/guitarist Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan and guitarist Lee Tesche. Algiers pulls from a divergent number of musical (and nonmusical) influences; the most notable of which being post-punk, gospel music, Southern Gothic literature and the concept of the Other. Their sound has been described as "dystopian soul" due to its somber mood, afrofolk inspired vocal approach, and heavy emphasis on atonal textures.
The band met and grew up playing music together in Atlanta, Georgia but was officially formed in London in 2007. Their name invokes the anti-colonial struggle in general, symbolizing a contested space where violence, racism, resistance, and religion commingle.
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."
The band's self-titled debut album was released through Matador on June 2, 2015. In 2015, ahead of their eponymous release, the band opened for Interpol, during their North American Tour. Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party, has been playing drums since early 2015. 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."
Franklin James Fisher - lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, piano, rhodes, cello, drums, percussion, sampling
Ryan Mahan - bass, synthesisers, piano, backing vocals, percussion, drum programming
Lee Tesche - guitar, prepared instruments, percussion, loops, backing vocals
Matt Tong - drums, backing vocals