It takes a certain amount of energy to listen to Algiers, the politically consumed band who straddle a hitherto undiscovered border between soul and industrial music. (To further complicate the sound, their most recent album was produced by Adrian Utley from Portishead and their drummer spent a decade playing in Bloc Party.) Didactic but impassioned, frontman Franklin Fisher sings with a fiery passion, even when uttering phrases like “cryptofascist contagion” or “my relationship with that word: abstraction” or “it is they”. (Their catchiest song is called The Underside of Power.) I suspect they’re very good live. Also playing: La Neve, Creamer, Light Beams, and Space Heater. For some reason this show threatens to start promptly at 7:45.
photo: Joe Dilworth