Algiers have captivated us on record for some time now - we can’t wait to bring their ambitious artistic innovation to Roadburn 2020

Algiers have found their way into our weekly playlists on more than one occasion, and now we’re thrilled to be welcoming them in the flesh to Roadburn 2020. But before we get there, we’ll welcome their new album, There Is No Year, in January. If you’ve heard the first track from the album, Dispossession, or even their stand alone single Can The Sub_Bass Speak?, earlier this year – you’ll be well aware that Algiers are not just charting new waters, they’re ripping up the map and starting again from scratch.

For a band whose very name references colonialism, oppression and resistance, it will be no surprise to learn that there’s a message in the music of Algiers. The defiance that is woven throughout their songs is palpable; the electricity of their output is transformative. Barely under the surface of the catchy tunes and memorable hooks bubbles a cauldron full of a writhing mass of political and social commentary that spits and hisses with every stir of the pot.

But you’d be a fool to not bring your dancing shoes, as Algiers channel their missives in a way that dares you to resist moving your feet. There’s not many bands that have graced the Roadburn stages where you can legitimately claim to hear the influence of 80’s R&B in their output, but context is everything. They are approaching similar themes as other bands on the bill, albeit from a different sonic palate. And like many others nestled in our line up, Algiers defy easy categorisation, which as we well know – is exactly what makes them so appealing.

Algiers have captivated us on record for some time now – we can’t wait to bring their ambitious artistic innovation to Tilburg.

Becky Laverty / November 2019

Date: April 18

Time: TBA

Stage: TBA