Nation of Language Announce New LP ‘Strange Disciple’, Air “Weak In Your Light”

Nation of Language Announce New LP 'Strange Disciple', Air "Weak In Your Light"
Photo by Dominik Friess

Brooklyn post punk/new wave/synth-pop outfit Nation Of Language have announced their new album ‘Strange Disciple‘, and have shared their new single ‘Weak In Your Light’.

The band’s third LP will be out on September 15 via [PIAS], it was recorded with producer Nick Millhiser (Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem) at his East Williamsburg studio , and was completed during the time Nation of Language spent at home, in between runs of live shows throughout this past year. Pre-order it here.

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, 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. 

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. The band have also 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.

New single “Weak In Your Light” and previous track ‘Sole Obsession’, 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.

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

Check out “Weak In Your Light” below, followed by the album’s tracklist and artwork

Strange Disciple Tracklisting:

Strange Disciple Tracklisting:

  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

The band have also announced further UK/EU headline shows. Tickets available here.

Nation of Language Tour Dates 2023

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

^w/ Gustaf
*w/ Reggie Watts