ALGIERS have released collaborative audiovisual piece, “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?”, a new work from the band and production duo Randall Dunn and Ben Greenberg (Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Mandy Soundtrack, Sunn O))), Uniform).
The new piece pits charged language and free jazz collage by ALGIERS multi-instrumentalist Franklin James Fisher, saxophonics pioneer Skerik and drummer D’Vonne Lewis against a maelstrom of visuals by award-winning filmmaker Sam Campbell and typographer Farbod Kokabi.
Inspired by a chance encounter with artists Moor Mother and Harrga at Wysing Polyphonic in 2018, “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?” contorts ALGIERS’ post-punk deconstruction of racial and class sonic politics into new collaborative directions.
“Can The Sub_Bass Speak?” is the centerpiece of a larger web installation thereisnoyear.com, which can be found HERE.
The film recalls the ‘visual abstraction’ and political radicalism of Lis Rhodes and John Akomfrah, situating Fisher’s lyrical examination of structural racism within the disorienting resurgence of fascism across Europe and the United States
“Who has the cultural authority to designate origin and authenticity?” Fisher says on the project.
“Can the Sub_Bass Speak? is a frustrated regurgitation; a re-contextualization; a re-appropriation; a shield and a mirror that projects back onto the world a lifetime of interpellating language rooted in weaponized ignorance and supremacist privilege.”
The improvised punctuation is provided by Skerik on the tenor saxophone and D’Vonne Lewis on drums and percussion, with auditory elements tracing the evolution of African-American music and experience.
ALGIERS have also announced UK & European headline tour dates for 2020. Kicking off in Brighton on February 3rd, the band headline London’s Village Underground on February 5th, before continuing to further stops in the UK and Europe. Tickets for the 2020 shows go on sale Friday, August 30th, at 9am. A full list of current and upcoming dates can be found below.
Tour Dates Aug 28 Montepulciano, Italy – Acquaviva Aug 29 Bassano Del Grappa, Italy – Unknown venue Sep 14 Dornbirn, Austria – Unknown Sep 17 Berlin, Germany – Lido Sep 18 Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival Sep 19 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Sep 24 Krakow, Poland – Venue TBC Sep 27 Thessaloníki, Greece – Street Mode Festival Sep 28, Patras, Greece – Venue TBC Sep 29 Ioánnina, Greece – Route 66 3 Feb Brighton, UK – The Haunt 5 Feb London, UK – Village Underground 6 Feb Manchester, UK – YES 7 Feb Glasgow, UK – Stereo 8 Feb Dublin, IRE – Whelans 10 Feb Leeds, UK – Brudenell 12 Feb Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Rotonde 14 Feb Cologne, Germany – Club Volta 15 Feb Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur 17 Feb Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom 18 Feb Dresden, Germany – Beatpol 20 Feb Warsaw, Poland – Hybrydy 21 Feb Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar 22 Feb Vienna, Austria – Flex 24 Feb Munich, Germany – Strom 26 Feb Rome, Italy – Monk 27 Feb Milan, Italy – Ohibò 29 Feb Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 3 1 Mar Madrid, Spain – Café Berlin 3 Mar Bordeaux, France – Barby 4 Mar Nantes, France – Stereolux 5 Mar Paris, France – La Maroquinerie