Published Jan 13, 2012While Trent Reznor has been busy raking in award show recognition for his Hollywood soundtracks as of late, he has hinted that he's planning to revive Nine Inch Nails this year. Now, the frontman has shed some more light on the return of his iconic group.
"I'm going to be writing for Nine Inch Nails this year," Reznor told Billboard. "My voice as a songwriter feels like it needs to speak up or at least work out a little bit to not atrophy. I think I have something to say that feels unique to who I am right now, and that's when it tells me it's time to do something."
Reznor added that he considered creating a new moniker for the project but ultimately decided to stick with the familiar name. "At the moment it's going to live in the Nine Inch Nails column, for a few reasons," he explained. "I enjoy the challenge of moving that kind of brand forward, that identity, shaping it to who I am now instead of who I was a few years ago when I last left off."
Of course, NIN has a legacy that is sure to get fans extra excited about the prospect of new music from Reznor. But then again, we might want to stop ourselves from getting too worked up, at least for the time being.
"It's all kind of hypothetical right now," he admitted. "When I sit down with a notebook and a little mini-recorder is when my bluff will be called, and then it might not happen at all."
Something that's not hypothetical in the least is the debut full-length from How to Destroy Angels, Reznor's band with soundtrack collaborator Atticus Ross and wife Mariqueen Maandig. They have spent "a year and a half of us tinkering around with it and trying new things" and now the record is almost ready and will likely be out in the spring.
"It's much more rhythmic-based, but it's kind of the sound of too much information -- a weird blend," Reznor said.
Of course, one thing we'd love to get in 2012 is some NIN dates, but that's probably asking a little much considering that Reznor retired the live band.