Brooklyn, NY


Nation of Language is a band from Brooklyn that was formed by Ian Richard Devaney after rediscovering the post punk and new wave bands that had soundtracked his early childhood.

The band enjoys doing their own visual design, and printing shirts and patches in a style that is in keeping with their love of unrefined simplicity. They’ve spent the last year self-booking tours across the continental United States to Europe and the UK, and released their first music video to accompany their second single, “I’ve Thought About Chicago”.

The band was recently named one of Stereogum’s Best New Bands of 2017, and “I’ve Thought About Chicago” was on Stereogum’s Favorite Songs of 2017 list. The blog also premiered the band’s most recent singles, “Indignities” and "On Division St", and ran a Band To Watch feature on the band.

"The way Devaney smooths the bark of the verses into the snarling mantra of the chorus approaches the kind of cadences Michael Stipe used in the ’80s. Yet all of that comes together into a song that initially seems familiar but reveals itself to be its own thing, Devaney interpreting various strains of the past and weaving them to his own use." - Stereogum