We are thrilled to announce the signing of Art Nation to the label for the release of their next album! After having worked with Alexander Strandell on last year's excellent debut album from Crowne, "Kings In The North", we approached Alexander about working together on a new Art Nation album and thankfully we will be doing exactly that. Below, some words from Alexander about the signing and the latest on Art Nation.
"When we released our debut album "Revolution" in 2015, everything went extremely fast. Suddenly we were on tour, doing shows on some of the biggest stages in Sweden and walking the red carpet of the Grammy Awards. At the same time, we were navigating the difficulties of being a bunch of kids, playing in a band where no one had any experience of doing all the things that we were expected to do.
I was totally broken and overwhelmed by all the anxiety that had built up from the pressure of trying too hard. After the release of "Liberation" in 2017, I could barely be on stage anymore without pain in my chest and I was so frustrated with being ill.
During this period, I did things to my friends in the band that I deeply regret today. Even if I told myself that it was okay because of my health, it’s never okay to treat your friends badly. I need to live with that for the rest of my life and I’ll try to do better from now on.
I lost my friends in 2017 and the band was never the same after that. We tried really hard to continue the journey, but it never felt like Art Nation without Christoffer, who started the band with me back in 2014. The musical spirit was gone along with the strong friendship.
After the release of "Transition" in 2019, the dawn of the pandemic in early 2020 forced me to cancel all future plans and everything went upside down. I tried to see it all as a sign to just focus on myself and try to repair all the damage I had done during the years.
This break was necessary because I needed to heal myself and today I’m feeling stronger than ever with much thanks to my family and friends.
Christoffer and I are back together with Richard and Alex and we couldn’t be more happy to tell you guys that we have signed a world wide record deal with Frontiers Records. We are now in the making of our fourth album which is planned to be released in 2023.
We will do our first show in 3 years at Sweden Rock Festival's ”Sweden Stage'' on the 8th of June. We couldn't be more thrilled to be back on the road and meet all of you guys again!
We're here to stay this time and from the bottom of my heart, I’m so thankful for all the support during the band's existence. Let's make this next chapter of Art Nation the best ever!" - Alexander Strandell
Photo Credit: Johannes Malm