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Nation Of Language Announce New Album “Strange Disciple” out 15th September 2023 via [PIAS] & Share New Single “Weak In Your Light”

April 16, 2023
Photo by Dominik Friess

Nation of Language

Announce new album Strange Disciple

out 15th September 2023 via [PIAS]

Nation of Language announce their new album, Strange Disciple – out 15th September 2023 via [PIAS], as well as sharing new single ‘Weak In Your Light’, and further UK/EU headline dates.

Following performances at Primavera Sound, Pitchfork Festival, Outside Lands, and dozens more of what will be their biggest headline shows to date, the Brooklyn band’s third LP is one that is meant to invoke wandering, wondrous walks through city streets both foreign and familiar. 

In the three short years since their acclaimed debut, 2020’s Introduction, Presence, Nation of Language have sustained an increasing ascent from small, hyperlocal scenes to international stages and late-night television, while their musical evolution has embodied three distinct modes of moving through the world: lead singer and songwriter Ian Devaney imagines the band’s first album, Introduction, Presence, as taking place in a car, whereas second album A Way Forward occurred on and as a locomotive, influenced by the chugging sound of krautrock. Now, as their first record to be fully created and released outside the confines of a pandemic-instilled lockdown, Strange Disciple is centered around groove-driven songs and bouncing basslines that feel ambulatory and wayfaring, informed by the excitement of exploring new places the band never thought they would see on tour. 

Recorded in the East Williamsburg studio of the album’s producer Nick Millhiser (Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem), Strange Disciple was completed during the time Nation of Language spent at home, in between runs of live shows throughout this past year. Unlike their previous two LPs, this time band members Ian Devaney, Aidan Noell, and Alex MacKay, were able to consider the creative choices that would be most compelling to perform on-stage, expanding their new wave, post-punk and synth-powered sound with newfound fervor. They incorporated live drums into the arrangements and more guitar than they ever had before, as they channeled longtime loves of shoegaze and the dark melodrama of troubadours like Leonard Cohen. For the first time ever, Nation of Language also committed to a completely analog recording process, allowing themselves to accept their imperfections and resist the inclination to overthink the emphatic, euphoric and cerebral style of songwriting “that makes you want to dance and cry at the same time” (Document Journal). 

Led by Ian Devaney’s tender, towering professions of all-consuming adoration, new single ‘Weak In Your Light’ arrives on the heels of Nation of Language’s soaring ‘Sole Obsession’, the recent single and spectral music video and that was hailed as “a perfect dancefloor number about devotion and human compulsions” (Paste). Both songs embody Strange Disciple’s overarching theme of hopeless devotion, and the feelings of agony, ecstasy and revelatory anguish that come with any form of unhealthy dedication. From the incessant, constantly outrageous news cycle described on the hook-filled ‘Too Much Enough’, to the romance, toxic infatuation and addictive patterns sung throughout the rest of the album, each song finds Ian Devaney telling transient stories about temptation, guilt, and the inexplicable joy of being so pained by one’s passionate fixations. 

The sultry synth notes emerge with this bountiful pattern, immediately the scale scorns this lasting path. The notes play out and the track embraces this swifter tempo than any Nation Of Language track that was previously released. Hooked on the first bar, this outfit knows how to keep the audience fixated. As the track grows and develops, the brooding vocal tones capture this wealth of emotional qualities that in turn alter the mood and direct the power throughout. The promise of this outfit and the trio’s authenticity, their chosen tonality, and cutting synth notes that reflect this melancholic meaning through the waves that mold the structure. 

Nation Of Language has solidified their vision, they know their authenticity and they delve into meaningful arrangements, they bring that knowledge and strengthen its compositions with this innovative force. Continuing to add to their catalog with the most striking soundscapes with this timeless feel.

“Sometimes when I feel the most is when I feel hopelessly devoted to something or someone,” explains Devaney.

Nation of Language will begin to debut the music of Strange Disciple live this spring, starting with Brooklyn Steel on 4th May –  a hometown crowd that marks the largest US show the band has headlined yet, and will be followed by Primavera Festival, a date at London’s KOKO, Glasgow, and a further EU/UK tour on-sale now. 

Find the full list of dates below and tickets at nationoflanguage.com/events.

Live Dates

28.04 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar#

04.05 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel^

17.05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre*

18.05 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

19.05 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

02.06 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Barcelona

06.06 – Madrid, ES – Primavera In The City

09.06 – Madrid, ES – Primavera Sound Madrid

10.06 – Porto, PT – Primavera Sound Porto

11.06 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret

14.06 – London, UK – KOKO

16.06 – Glasgow, UK – QMU

21.07 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

03.08 –  Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop

04.08 – Diepholz, DE – Appletree Garden

05.08 – Katowice, PL – OFF Festival

11.08 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

12.08 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

13.08 – Seattle, WA – Day In Day Out

14.08 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre

15.09 – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus

16.09 – Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefährlich

17.09 – Malmo, SE – Plan B

18.09 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset

20.09 – Kӧln, DE – Gebäde9

21.09 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

22.09 – Brussels, BE – Orangerie

23.09 – Paris, FR – Trabendo

25.09 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix

28.09 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2

29.09 – Bristol, UK – Marble Factory

30.09 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

04.10 – Manchester, UK – New Century

05.10 – Leeds, UK – Stylus

06.10 – Sheffield, UK – Foundry

07.10 – Newcastle, UK – Boiler Shop

13.10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre#

14.10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop#

16.10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon#

18.10 – Milwaukee, WI – Back Room @ Colectivo#

19.10 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall#

20.10 – Kansas City, MO – RecordBar#

22.10 – Denver, CO – Gothic#

23.10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge#

26.10 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent#

29.10 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up Tavern#

30.10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom#

02.11 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn#

03.11 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips FTX#

04.11 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall – Upstairs#

07.11 – Nashville, TN – Basement East#

08.11 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle#

09.11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle#

10.11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#

30.11 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair#

02.12 – Montreal, QC – Studio TD#

02.12 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix#

^w/ Gustaf

*w/ Reggie Watts

# w/ Miss Grit

Tickets available HERE

Strange Disciple out 15th September via [PIAS]

Pre-order HERE

 1. Weak In Your Light

2. Sole Obsession

3. Surely I Can’t Wait

4. Swimming in the Shallow Sea

5. Too Much, Enough

6. Spare Me the Decision

7. Sightseer

8. Stumbling Still

9. A New Goodbye

10. I Will Never Learn


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