Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor discussed the inspiration behind the band's new album, Hesitation Marks, in an extensive new interview with the New York Times. Reznor said that he is proud of the first NIN record in five years, adding, " What fear I had -- of 'What does Nine Inch Nails have to say in 2013?' -- this is it. I don't feel like it's trying to force something into the wrong container."
Reznor said that the September 3rd release was inspired by NIN's classic 1994 effort, The Downward Spiral, explaining, "I felt very aware that it's 20 years later, and I'm still that guy. I know that guy, and I feel for him. I don't resent him, I don't miss him. But how would things feel on the other side of that now, in a much more stable life place, mentally and physically, and with a new family?"
- Reznor cautioned that there are differences with The Downward Spiral, saying, "I don't really even raise my voice on this album that much. The mechanism of screaming choruses doesn't exist here . . . It's not about everything being at 11 and the pyrotechnics of sound and scare tactics, which I've definitely used in the past. But it doesn't feel like the middle-aged, I've-given-up record either."
- Reznor also revealed that Nine Inch Nails will be using one version of its live show for this summer's festival dates, before debuting a completely different production for its fall headlining trek, which begins on September 28th in St. Paul, Minnesota.
CHECK IT OUT: The new version of Nine Inch Nails makes its live debut on Friday (July 26th) at the Fuji Rock Festival, which will be streamed here: