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Nation of Language Announce Strange Disciple, New Album Out September 15th on [PIAS]

Nation of Language Announce Strange Disciple, New Album Out September 15th on [PIAS]

A Fervid Collection of Songs About Hopeless Devotion, Recommended For Long Walks Through City Streets


Listen To Opening Track "Weak In Your Light" & Lead Single "Sole Obsession"

More Than 50 Upcoming Live Shows Include Brooklyn Steel, LA's Fonda Theatre, Primavera Sound, Pitchfork Festival, Outside Lands & Extensive Fall Tour


Today, Nation of Language announce the release of their new album, Strange Disciple. Out September 15th on [PIAS], following performances at Primavera Sound, Pitchfork Festival, Outside Lands and 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 found themselves incorporating more live drums and guitar into the arrangements than ever before, increasing the visibility of their shoegaze influences. 

Listen to album opener "Weak In Your Light," out today: 

Led by Ian Devaney's tender, towering professions of all-consuming adoration, "Weak In Your Light" arrives on the heels of Nation of Language's soaring "Sole Obsession," the recent single and spectral music video 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 that are sung about 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. "Sometimes when I feel the most is when I feel hopelessly devoted to something or someone," Devaney explains.

Nation of Language will begin to debut the music of Strange Disciple live this spring, starting with Brooklyn Steel on May 4th. The hometown crowd marks the largest US show the band has headlined yet, and will be followed by stops at LA's Fonda Theatre, two sold-out nights at Seattle's Crocodile, summer festival appearances, more than a dozen newly added UK/EU dates, and an extensive North American fall tour on-sale now. Find the full list below and tickets at


Pre-Order Strange Disciple Here


Strange Disciple Tracklist

Weak In Your Light

Sole Obsession

Surely I Can't Wait

Swimming in the Shallow Sea

Too Much, Enough

Spare Me the Decision


Stumbling Still

A New Goodbye

I Will Never Learn


Nation of Language Tour Dates

4/28 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar#

5/4 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel^

5/17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre*

5/18 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*

5/19 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*

6/2 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Barcelona

6/6 - Madrid, ES - Primavera In The City

6/9 - Madrid, ES - Primavera Sound Madrid

6/10 - Porto, PT - Primavera Sound Porto

6/11 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret

6/14 - London, UK - KOKO

6/16 - Glasgow, UK - QMU

7/21 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

8/3 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop

8/4 - Diepholz, DE - Appletree Garden

8/5 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival

8/11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands

8/12 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall

8/13 - Seattle, WA - Day In Day Out

8/14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

9/15 - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus

9/16 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefährlich

9/17 - Malmo, SE - Plan B

9/18 - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset

9/20 - Kӧln, DE - Gebäude9

9/21 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

9/22 - Brussels, BE - Orangerie

9/23 - Paris, FR - Trabendo

9/25 - Tourcoing, FR - Le Grand Mix

9/28 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2

9/29 - Bristol, UK - Marble Factory

9/30 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

10/4 - Manchester, UK - New Century

10/5 - Leeds, UK - Stylus

10/6 - Sheffield, UK - Foundry

10/7 - Newcastle, UK - Boiler Shop

10/13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre#

10/14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop#

10/16 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon#

10/18 - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room @ Colectivo#

10/19 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall#

10/20 - Kansas City, MO - RecordBar#

10/22 - Denver, CO - Gothic#

10/23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge#

10/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent#

10/29 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern#

10/30 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom#

11/2 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn#

11/3 - Fort Worth, TX - Tulips FTX#

11/4 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall - Upstairs#

11/7 - Nashville, TN - Basement East#

11/8 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle#

11/9 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle#

11/10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer#

11/30 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair#

12/1 - Montreal, QC - Studio TD#

12/2 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix#


^w/ Gustaf

*w/ Reggie Watts

# w/ Miss Grit


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