After leaving their mark on the opening night of the MENT Ljubljana 2018 festival, the post-punk-gospel connection is returning to Šiška, in a time when, due to events around the world, its righteous fury, unbowing political stance and call to rebellion are all the more on point – and needed. Don’t miss the return of one of the most thrilling bands of the 21st century. Warming us up will be Berlin-based pop technocrats Hope, whose shows and music have left both Algiers and IDLES, as well as Eurosonic reviewers, speechless.
Since its formation over a decade ago, American-British quartet Algiers has been confronting the forces of political apathy, fascism and social injustice head on with its unpredictable blend of post-punk anger, noise savagery and gospel soul. The band captured their convictions and call to action on two sonic manifests, their self-titled debut in 2015 and The Underside of Power in 2017, the latter recorded with new drummer Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party). Both releases effortlessly made it to the top of numerous referential end of the year best-of lists.
After their first gig in Slovenia at MENT Ljubljana 2018, the band are returning for a headline show during a tour of our region, with which they feel a special bond – after all, thez even made the pilgrimage to the monument atop the Buzlidzha mountain in Bulgaria for one of their videos. Forget about romantic candlelight dinners, bouquets and chocolate – you’re going to spend Valentine’s Day 2018 fists raised, grooving at the meeting of the resistance, in awe of the vocal and dancing abilities of a band that the world needs now more than ever. We promise.
Marching, brute force, slavish discipline, technocracy, and techno. Four-piece Hope twists the German clichés that distinguish bands such as DAF, Kraftwerk and Rammstein into emotional dark pop with a steel core of Berlin free-spiritedness, deconstructing Portishead along the way for good measure. Critics at Eurosonic have described the band’s performance as a monumental experience, and Algiers and IDLES love them even more, with the latter’s frontman Joe Talbot completely mesmerized by them. Apparently, there’s still hope.
Tickets on sale online and at mojekarte.si sales outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.
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