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Brooklyn’s Nation of Language release new album ‘Strange Disciple’


TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2023 – Nation of Language, who will be playing the Phoenix in Toronto on December 2, have released a new album entitled Strange Disciple. In hailing it one of the most anticipated albums of fall, AV Club affirms that the band have never released a bad song, and with this record, that streak remains blessedly unbroken.” Pitchfork also just called Strange Disciple one of the most anticipated LPs of the season, and in the past several days Nation of Language have continued to expand the excitement.

After celebrating the impending release with an exalting hometown show at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, where they headlined Rough Trade’s second annual Indieplaza Festival, the Brooklyn trio appeared on the runway for New York Fashion Week, live-scoring Ulla Johnson’s Spring/Summer 2024 show with music from Strange Disciple and more. Revisit the performance HERE, and watch the band’s recent appearance on SiriusXMU, where they delivered stirring renditions of Aldous Harding’s “Treasure” and their own “Weak In Your Light,” which opens the album and has been named among the “Best Songs of 2023 So Far” (LA Times).

Listen to Strange Disciple now HERE.

From the all-consuming adoration and hopeless devotion illustrated on “Sole Obsession” and “Weak In Your Light,” to the outrage-baiting news cycles described throughout “Too Much, Enough” – the standout single and skewering, satirical music video starring Emmy-nominated actor Jimmi Simpson, Reggie Watts, Kevin Morby, Tomberlin, Adam Green and many others – Strange Disciple explores themes of toxic infatuation, agony versus ecstasy, and the idea that feeling something is better than nothing.

Produced by Nick Millhiser (Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem), and completed during the time Nation of Language spent at home in between tireless runs of live shows, Strange Disciple sees the band incorporating the creative choices that would be most compelling to perform on-stage, using more live drums and guitar than ever before. Following A Way Forward – dubbed one of the Greatest Synth-Pop Albums of All Time by Paste – Strange Disciple also marks the third album in an acclaimed, ascendant triptych that has unfolded over the past three years. As the band has evolved, the common denominator remains a restless urge to embrace exploration and forward motion, and singer Ian Devaney imagines Nation of Language’s three LPs as different ways of moving through and experiencing through the world. 2020’s pandemic-era debut, Introduction, Presence, took place in a car, with a blurry euphoria reminiscent of road trips, and 2021’s A Way Forward occurred on and as a locomotive, inspired by the chug of krautrock. Strange Disciple is the band’s visceral, wayfarer record, informed by walks on foot.

Nation of Language release “Strange Disciple” September 15, 2023

When Ian Devaney and his wife and bandmate Aidan Noell were asking friends and family to fund their debut album in lieu of wedding gifts, they never imagined they would emerge from COVID with two LPs and a cult following rabid enough to carry them across the globe multiple times over. Now they’ve played The Late Show with Stephen ColbertBrooklyn Steel and LA’s Fonda Theatre, climbed the lineups of Austin City LimitsOutside LandsPitchfork Fest and Primavera, charted #1 on KCRW, and are getting ready to embark on nearly 50 US, UK and EU dates in support of Strange Disciple.

Find the full list below and tickets HERE, and check out a new profile at Billboard, where the band talks about life on the road, moving up to much larger stages, and tackling the challenges of touring as independent artists who got their start in New York City’s most DIY venues.

Filled with soaring melodies and towering vocal performances, propulsive grooves and bouncing basslines, Strange Disciple is a spiritual, searching record that follows the jumpy journey of self-exploration, and suggests that we shouldn’t shy away from the brief pain necessary to make much-needed change in our lives. It is an invitation to both celebrate and mourn, to find oneself and lose oneself, to reflect on one’s infatuations and form brand new ones.

Nation of Language Tour Dates

9/15 – Berlin, DE – Astra
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
9/27 – London, UK – Heaven
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 #
10/15 – Chicago, IL – Metro #
10/16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
10/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall #
10/19 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall #
10/20 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #
10/22 – Denver, CO – Gothic #
10/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
10/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent #
10/26 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent #
10/28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre #
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 #
11/11 – Washington, DC – The Atlantis #
11/30 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair #
12/1 – Montreal, QC – Studio TD #
12/2 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix #

# w/ Miss Grit

Tickets available HERE


Nation Of Language Strange Disciple


 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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