Algiers can't avoid the world around them.
How could they? A multi-racial group in America, the nation's race-driven faultlines are there for all to see.
New cut 'Cleveland' is a powerful, seismic return, prompted by the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice by police in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fusing their exploratory, post-punk instincts to the righteous energy of gospel, 'Cleveland' is an intense call and response that conjures Kindra Chapman, Andre Jones, Lennon Lacy, Sandra Bland, Roosevelt Pernell, Keith Warren and Alfred Wright.
Franklin James Fisher 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 minorities. 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 realised."
"I like how 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."
Tune in now.
Algiers will release new album 'The Underside Of Power' on June 23rd.