It looks like this year is going to be a good one for Nine Inch Nails fans with both a new album and a new DVD on the way.
A new NIN album already? Oh go on then...
Your last album took six years. We've only had to wait 18 months for this one.
Trent Reznor (vocals): "It's been pretty interesting, I'm probably as surprised as some fans are (laughs). But really it's just a matter of discipline. When I was on the last tour, to keep myself busy I was just really hunkered down and was working on music the whole time, so this kept me in a creative mode and when I finished the tour I felt like I wasn't tired and wanted to keep at it."
Is there anyone else playing on the album?
"It's all me, mostly recorded in hotel rooms around the world on laptops. There may be some surprise vocalists that pop up here and there - although I don't want to say who since the final mix hasn't been determined yet, and Josh Freese is playing the drums on one song, but it's not like a big guest star-type record. It feels a bit more focused in a certain direction than 'With Teeth' did."
What's the concept?
"I'm trying to avoid getting too detailed about this but I will tell you that this is a concept record, and it's part of a bigger picture of a number of things I'm working on. Essentially I wrote the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist. This album is a bit more electronic and I'd say rhyme plays a bigger element in it than in the past and it's veering away from concern about song structure and getting played on the radio."
Are you talking about some kind of multimedia event?
"My goal is that the music can be interpreted with the richest context. So what I'm immersed in is a way to achieve that. Now that albums have gone from 12 inches of real estate with artwork and a whole aesthetic, to CDs, which are ugly and disposable, to nowadays just being a file on a computer, it's led me to putting a lot of thought in to ways to present music that still makes it feel important and that has depth and purpose."
Will it be a heavy album?
"It's not heavy in any kind of metal type sense, I'd say a big inspiration sonically would be early Public Enemy records, a collage of sound type of thing, not heavy in a metal guitar kind of way."
On 'The Downward Spiral' and 'The Fragile' you blended together an extreme amount of disparate sounds and layers - is this moving further in that direction?
"Well Alan Moulder (long-time collaborator) was stunned when he first heard it. Normally a Pro-Tools session has a lot of tracks and this time he was like 'You're kidding me, it's only this much stuff?'. The end result has a bit of racket to it, it's much more improvisational, less refined. With this record I feel a lot less concerned about what people think about it - espcially the dying record industry. I couldn't care less about that right now."
Also from Kerrang:
"I'VE GOT MY CONFIDENCE BACK!"
Trent Reznor predicts forthcoming album will be NIN's finest work.
NIN frontman Trent Reznor has revealed to Kerrang! that making the band's forthcoming fifth studio album has resulted in him feeling stronger and more self-assured than ever before.
Reznor is currently working on the follow-up to 2005's With Teeth in his home studio in LA but recorded a lot of new songs in hotel rooms around the world on laptops and a portable studio. Although remaining tight-lipped about the album's title and new song titles, Reznor did confess that writing and recording on the move has been "fun and inspiring."
"I feel a lot more confident recording this record than I did 'With Teeth'," Reznor reveals. "With Teeth was me kind of wondering if I could still even do this and being pretty cautious. And this one, I've got my confidence back. I feel stronger about what I have to say as an artist and I feel a lot less concerned about what people think about it. I feel personally that my best work's ahead of me," he adds. "I don't know if that's going to be the case in the public's opinion but that's out of my control, what I can do is try to make the best shit I can and push myself and that's what I think this record is right now."
NIN's new album is expected for release in April. The band also release a live DVD 'Live: Beside You In Time' on Feb 26.
http://halo22.nin.com/ has all the info on the new DVD plus trailers and more. Check it out.