Nation of Language Debut “Too Much, Enough”

Nation of Language debut video for video for "Too Much Enough"
Nation of Language photo by Shervin Lainez

Nation of Language have shared new single/video “Too Much, Enough.” The track, of their forthcoming Strange Disciple, available September 15th via [PIAS]. The band takes aim at the angering, addictive and anxiety-inducing TV news cycles that have so many viewers hopelessly devoted. The single follows previous releases “Sole Obsession” and “Weak In Your Light.”

The video starring Emmy-nominated actor Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), fellow musicians Reggie Watts, Kevin Morby, Tomberlin, Moldy Peaches’ Adam Green, and LVL UP’s Greg Rutkin, plus more than a dozen other close friends, familiar faces and even the hooded Strange Disciple itself. Directed by Robert Kolodny, the video satirizes the outrageous TV broadcasts that inspired the song, turning the hysteria and fear-mongering into a hilarious embrace of absurdity.

“Too Much, Enough” is a song born out of an exhaustion with the 24 hour news cycle and the outrage bait it uses to get everyone permanently wound up. It seems the only way to find an edge in the media business is to appeal to our most base instincts of disgust (see: the high ratings of Fox News, etc.), and we end up suffering both individually and collectively for it.

When it came to creating a visual to go alongside the song, we didn’t want the music video to be its own form of outrage bait so we went with a more absurdist approach, gathering some friends of ours, and of our incredible director Robert Kolodny, to make something fun and outlandish to that effect. We also laced the video with as many NOL-related Easter eggs and iconography as possible to give anyone watching an opportunity to play along at home and be a part of that absurdity. It felt good to try to name a problem for ourselves without leaning on fear and rage.

It’s a powerful thing to deny someone the ability to manipulate your most destructive emotions, and that’s something we want to celebrate here.

The overarching theme of Strange Disciple is infatuation and how one’s reality can be warped by it. We went a more romantic route with that on the previous video, but News is one of those less interpersonal activities it feels like everyone takes part in, so we wanted to show our disciple is just as susceptible to it as any other figure.”

from Nation Of Language – Ian Devaney, Aidan Noell, Alex MacKay

Nation of Language 2023 Tour Dates

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^
9/7 – Baltimore, MD – WTMD’s First Thursday Festival
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 – 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#
10/25 – 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/ Curling
# w/ Miss Grit

Pre-order Strange Disciple by Nation Of Language HERE


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