Nation of Language
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The Governors Ball Presents Nation of Language with Public Practice, The Wants
Nation of Language
Brooklyn-based synth auteurs Nation of Language entered 2020 as one of the most heralded new acts of recent memory, having only released a handful of singles but already earning high-praise from the likes of NME, FADER, Stereogum, Pitchfork, etc.. Now in 2021, they continue to turn heads having released one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of last year ‘ Introduction, Presence’ ) and recent breakout single ‘A Different Kind of Life’. The band’s ability to blend the upbeat with a healthy dose of sardonic melancholy made it a staple on year-end ‘Best of 2020’ lists, led PASTE magazine to dub the album ‘The most exciting synth-pop debut in years’ , and landed the band major radio play from The BBC, KCRW, KEXP, SiriusXM and countless others. Inspired by the early new-wave and punk movements, the band quickly earned a reputation for delivering frenzied nights of unconventional bliss to rapt audiences, and established themselves as bright young stars emerging from a crowded NYC landscape.
Public Practice is reviving the spirit of late ‘70s New York with their intoxicating brand of no wave-tinged dark disco. The band came in hot with their punchy balance of punk, funk, and pop on the critically acclaimed Distance is a Mirror EP in 2018, which was followed in 2020 with their full-length ‘Gentle Grip’, described by NME as “a sublime debut which sounds like Blondie on a night out at Studio 54”.
Together, the foursome strikes a nimble balance between sharp punk, avant-garde flourishes, and traditional pop structures, creating bold, slinky rhythms and groove-filled hooks that get under your skin and into your dancing shoes. The musicians’ unique chemistry and approach to songwriting is part of what makes their world so intriguing. Magnetic singer and lyricist Sam York and guitarist and principal sonic architect Vince McClelland, who were creative music partners for years prior to Public Practice’s formation, come to the table with an anarchic perspective that intentionally challenges the very idea of what a song can be. Meanwhile Drew Citron, on bass/vocals/synth, and drummer/producer Scott Rosenthal are influenced by a more classic pop sensibility. Instead of clashing, these contrasting styles challenge and compliment one another, resulting in an album full of spiralling tensions. Since their inception Public Practice have built a reputation for their invigorating live performances, and they’re beyond thrilled to be back on the road…
At once confrontational and melodic, Brooklyn’s the Wants make music informed by Anglophilic post-punk, the nonstop rhythms of industrial and techno, and Rust Belt grit. The band sense of political outrage is channeled in experimental and inward-looking ways on releases on their 2020 debut album ‘Container’.
The Wants’ origins date back to 2016, when singer/guitarist Madison Velding-Vandam and drummer Jason Gates began working on songs influenced by their love of Gang of Four and Autechre. Heather Elle completed the lineup, and the group refined their sound, folding elements of trip-hop, industrial, and electronic music into their post-punk foundations.
When they began recording, the Wants planned to make an EP, but the ambition of their music expanded to an album’s worth of songs. Following several singles on the London-based label Council Records, the Wants issued their debut album, Container. Drawing inspiration from the post-industrial landscapes of Velding-Vandam’s home state of Michigan and incorporating sonic experiments like recordings of a coffee machine and a sheet of aluminum, it was released by Council in March 2020.