Nation of Language share ‘Spare Me the Decision’ (Cutouts Remix)

Nation Of Language
Press shot credit: Shervin Lainez

Nation of Language share the Cutouts remix of ‘Strange Disciple’ album track, Spare Me the Decision. The new music – available physically as part of the Strange Disciple Companion Piece (Rough Trade Exclusive) – arrives following the news that ‘Strange Disciple’ was named Rough Trade’s #1 Album of The Year for 2023, as well as shows opening for LCD Soundsystem as part of their residency at Knockdown Center in December. Nation of Language will perform three sold out headline shows at Bowery Ballroom, New York on March 2, 3 and 4 as well as a date at the Royale, Boston on May 30. They will then co-headline Field Day Festival before returning to Europe for All Points East, London and MEO Kalorama, Lisbon – tickets on sale for all dates here.

Alex MacKay of Cutouts – also the bassist in Nation of Language – discussed the new remix, saying: “I knew pretty instantly “Spare Me the Decision” was the track I’d have the most fun trying to remix from Strange Disciple as it’s a personal favorite. However, my time management isn’t always the best so while I thought I’d have turned it in before we started touring last year, I ended up finishing the master in the lobby of our Barcelona hotel, just a few hours before our set at Primavera Festival. As a result, to me that day represents a beautiful duality, wearing two very different hats from the afternoon into the evening. In the daylight a focused (albeit jet-lagged) moment of solitude and creation. After sunset, an evening onstage performing in front of a jubilant congregation of Spanish fans, far more frenzied than I could have ever imagined when I woke up that morning.

As far as the song itself: I love the drum tracks Ian and Nick came up with, especially the slinky hi-hat pattern… and Ian is a true singer, so it’s an absolute joy working with his vocals. I preserved those parts but had a go at replacing almost everything else.

I thought it’d be fun to stretch the length, and try different chords under the chorus melody every time it comes around. I also slowed it down a couple BPM. I like seeing how slow I can make songs without losing the groove. Sometimes there’s a second pocket in there, a little slower than you might expect…”

Since the release of Strange Disciple in September 2023, Nation of Language have further reaffirmed themselves as “the best synth-pop band in the world” (Paste), from topping Rough Trade’s Top 100 Albums of 2023 to selling out nearly every one of their US, EU and UK tour dates last year, to dominating the radio waves at KCRW (listener-voted Top 10 album), KEXP (listener-voted #2 AOTY), SiriusXMU (“Sole Obsession” Top 10 SOTY) and dozens of college stations across the country, debuting on their first-ever Billboard charts, and earning praise from Pitchfork, Vice, LA Times and many others listed below. Alongside acclaim in North America, Nation of Language landed the #1 Rock Album at Tower Records (Japan), AOTY support from Clash (UK), 3 songs on RadioEins Top 100 of 2023 (Germany) as well as further AOTY support at Le Monde and Télérama (France), Avopolis (Greece) and ParcoParanoico (Italy).

Listen to Spare Me the Decision (Cutouts Remix) via YouTube below.

‘Strange Disciple’ explores themes of hopeless devotion, toxic infatuation, outrage-baiting news cycles, the battle of agony vs. ecstasy and more across highlights like Sole Obsession, Weak In Your Light, Sightseer and Too Much, Enough, which arrived with a music video starring Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson, Reggie Watts, Kevin Morby, Tomberlin, Adam Green and more. “Nation of Language have never released a bad song,” says AV Club. “B” Read more about the making of the album, produced by Nick Millhiser (Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem), in Paste’s recent Cover Story, featuring an in-depth interview from bandmates and spouses Ian Devaney and Aidan Noell. 

Tour dates

Mar 02 – Bowery Ballroom, New York – SOLD OUT

Mar 03 – Bowery Ballroom, New York – SOLD OUT

Mar 04 – Bowery Ballroom, New York – SOLD OUT

May 30 – Royale, Boston

May 31 – Field Day, Northampton, MA

Aug 23 – All Points East, London, UK

Aug 31 – MEO Kalorama, Lisbon, PT

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