The soul inflected Atlanta punk unit, Algiers, are following up their self-titled debut album later this month with The Underside of Power. They have recently shared the album’s second single “Cleveland”. It’s a hulking and moving track about Tamir Rice, the 12 year old who was shot and killed by police officers for playing with a toy gun. Musically, it’s far more industrial than everything we’ve heard from them so far. Frontman, Franklin James Fisher’s masterful blues howls are placed atop a gospel sample until the track evolves into something resembling a darker take on techno and Atlanta trap. Listen below and read Fisher’s statement on the track.
“A recurring theme in our music is the idea of injustice and the bitter understanding that obtaining justice in this world is all but impossible — particularly for black and brown people. 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.”
The Underside of Power is out 6/23. Pre-order it from Matador.