Brooklyn’s Nation of Language make classic-sounding synthpop hearkening back to early-’80s acts like OMD and Visage. Frontman Ian Devaney (who also plays in Fabrizio Moretti’s Strokes offshoot machinegum) actually cites OMD's "Electricity" as inspiration for "Rush & Fever," the catchy first single from their debut album, Introduction, Presence, which is out April 3. "It occurred to me that a moment in time existed when it seemed everyone still had a kind of ‘beginner's mind’ about how synthesizers could be used and fit into the musical landscape," says Devaney. "They were wielding this technology as a blunt instrument, and it felt like I had been given permission to do the same.” Listen to that below.

Nation of Language will be on tour with Adam Green in March, beginning 3/8 in Boston and wrapping up on 3/29 in Seattle. After that they'll play a hometown record release show at Brooklyn's The Sultan Room on April 3 with Lou Tides and Fair Visions. All dates are listed below.

Introduction, Presence tracklist:
01. Tournament
02. Rush And Fever
03. September Again
04. On Division St
05. Indignities
06. Automobile
07. Friend Machine
08. Sacred Tongue
09. The Motorist
10. The Wall And I

Nation of Language - 2020 Tour Dates:
03/08 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott ^
03/09 – Montreal, PQ @ Bar le Ritz PDB ^
03/10 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern ^
03/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's ^
03/13 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s ^
03/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club ^
03/15 – Moline, IL @ The Rust Belt ^
03/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Mini Bar
03/18-22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre ^
03/26 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ^
03/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel ^
03/28 – Portland, OR @ Star Theatre ^
03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern ^
04/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Sultan Room
^ Adam Green