Nine Inch Nails are starting again from scratch and touring from summer 2013 into next year, according to an announcement by Trent Reznor:
“Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.
I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery [Jane’s Addiction], Adrian Belew [King Crimson], Alessandro Cortini [Ladytron], Josh Eustis [Telefon Tel Aviv], Ilan Rubin [Lostprophets], and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.
Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.”
I can understand if some are feeling sceptical, since Reznor’s not been on top form for a while, but a lot of that can come from external pressures and self-imposed pressures from when music becomes too much like a job. Perhaps with some time away, Trent Reznor will remember what made NIN such an exciting prospect to start with. He’s reinvented the band many times before, which has kept Nine Inch Nails interesting throughout their 25-year history.
1. Sleazy Synthpop
Ah, the bad dreadlocks, the 80s drum pads, the clothes … and the tunes!
2. Shouty stuff
Everything on the Broken EP was wonderful.
3.The goth goatee
Nobody has ever rocked the goth look like Trent in the Perfect Drug video.
4. The interesting alt-rock
Short hair; shorts.
5. Comeback kid
It had been years, but this was a catchy song.
6. Somebody spank me!
Any excuse to show this fan-made video.