Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor Doesn’t Expect A New Nine Inch Nails Album This Year, Slams Social Media Entitlement


Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross recently sat down with Yahoo for an extensive chat on their numerous projects and there’s some not so good news for Nine Inch Nails fans. While a recent interview suggested two ‘major works’ were in progress for 2017  from the band, it doesn’t appear that a new album is one of them. When questioned by Yahoo if a new effort from the outfit would land in 2017, Reznor replied:

“We’re working on new stuff now, so we’re planning to release more stuff as soon as it’s ready, and I don’t think that’s this year.”

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He did also mention that more material from How To Destroy Angels is “in the works” as well, though there was no timeframe revealed for that either. Reznor also went into detail on how he approached the material on the band’s latest EP, “Not The Actual Events“:

“…The process of that EP was comforting to us. It dawned on me that every time I walked into our studio, I walked past a couple dusty guitars that I haven’t touched since the last tour because at some point I decided guitars were out of fashion and I’d done that. I thought, ‘I’ve gotta commit myself to this other thing. And I can’t touch these things. I’ve done these things. I can’t return to that.’ And one day we were kind of just fucking around and strapped the guitar on and slapped a couple pedals on it and without too much thought, some things came out that were a couple years older version of me since the last time I tried that.

It felt fresh because I hadn’t played it for a while. I hadn’t heard those sounds. And I hadn’t heard those sounds from that new thing we just hooked it up to. It felt liberating and it felt free and it felt unfashionable and it felt aggressive and it felt like,’Fuck, this is what we need to do.’ I didn’t overthink it any past that. And that kind of dictated the whole new EP.

We’ve been fucking around with 80 pieces of music, some of which may show up in some fashion here and there. But they were lacking a kind of vitality that demanded they be put out. And when we stumbled into this — you can call it whatever you want — nostalgia, [being] self-referential — I was actually reminded, ‘Oh yeah, this is exciting and it’s fun. And that makes it valid and worth doing.’ I also think it’s a benefit to think it’s unfashionable. That also makes it kind of sexy.”

Reznor later went to speak out against the negative impact the rise of social media has had on artistry:

“…What has crept in is that everyone’s a commentator now. The Internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a shit what they have to say and they have the right. I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music. Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like. It’s a vicious cycle and I think it’s unhealthy. I don’t see any Prince‘s emerging on the scene today.

I see a lot of people making formulaic, made to please, vegan restaurant patron-type shit. And I think it creates an environment where people are too fuckin’ worried about what other people have to say. And people who have never made anything think it’s OK to talk shit about stuff they have no right to talk about. You got a Facebook account? Nobody gives a fuck. You haven’t achieved anything.”

For a whole lot more from the pair, head to Yahoo.

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