Algiers (US) | Cardinal | Control 15
American post-punks & dystopian soul warriors Algiers return to Bucharest – October 4 at Control Club – for a live show as part of Control 15th anniversary. The band is currently on an extensive international tour to promote its latest release, Shook.
Holed up in their native Atlanta, the band – who have built one of the most exciting catalogues and cult followings of recent years – gathered a posse of like-minded artists to create their fourth album, Shook (Matador, 2023).
Stacked with guests spanning icons through to future stars, with Algiers as a connecting bridge between worlds and sounds, Shook is a lightning rod for an elusive yet universal energy and feeling. A plurality of voices; a spiritual and geographical homecoming; a strategy of communion in a burning world; the story of an end of a relationship; an Atlanta front porch summer party. Ultimately, it’s a 17-track set of the most mind-expanding and thrilling music that you are likely to hear anytime soon.
While community and collaboration has always been integral to Algiers’ ethos, Shook brings this to its fullest manifestation. The liner notes read like a who’s who of ground-breaking and contemporary underground music, featuring Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine), Big Rube (The Dungeon Family), Billy Woods, Samuel T Herring (Future Islands), Jae Matthews (Boy Harsher), LaToya Kent (Mourning [A] BLKstar), Backxwash, Nadah El Shazly, Deforrest Brown Jr (Speaker Music), Patrick Shiroishi, Lee Bains III and Mark Cisneros (The Make-Up, Kid Congo Powers). Their contributions throughout deftly reshape and recontextualize the notion of being Shook from a variety of perspectives, occupying shifting roles as oracles and narrators. “It very much deepens and broadens the world of Algiers”, says drummer Matt Tong.
Algiers blasts songs of damage and redemption on “Shook” – The New York Times
With a crew of equally radical peers in tow, the Atlanta band’s new album is a dissonant but hopeful statement about dreaming up a better world. – Pitchfork
An exhilarating, genre-defying thrill ride. – Louder Than War
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