Algiers are a politically conscious indie rock trio who combine elements of post-punk and no wave with blues, avant funk, gospel, and noise. They are based in New York City and London, England. The band came together in 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia when guitarist Lee Tesche and bassist Ryan Mahan--both members of the city's underground rock and noise scenes--encountered vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher. His musical roots were in the grand black gospel tradition of the Deep South, the soul-blues of Nina Simone, and funk. All members play percussion and keyboards and do drum programming. Their songs actively engage in cultural critique, commenting on political, social, and religious matters. ~ Thom Jurek
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