Algiers

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Somehow it was apt that Algiers took the stage as Storm Ciara took its toll on the country. Inside, the brave, the curious and the devoted were treated to a devastating live set, which drew heavily from their new album There Is No Year.

The opening punk blast of “Void” set the tone; resplendent under the neon red strip lights, the band tore through a diverse set list with absolute command. The band acted as one supremely powerful entity, locking in and out of searing dance grooves and discordant noise sequences with consummate ease.

The set really took off with a stunning rendition of “Unoccupied”. In the electro clatter of “There Is No Year” bassist Ryan Mahan took centre stage, throwing shapes while nailing down the killer bassline.

Franklin James Fisher is the most compelling singer, with a voice that both burns with passion and soothes with consolation. “Dispossession” was his fierce signature piece, an anthem for the incendiary now.

To witness Algiers live is to come face to face with the future.