Nine Inch Nails’ Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor recently guested on Song Exploder to talk about their song “The Lovers,” off of this year’s ADD VIOLENCE. Reznor chatted about sonic inspiration and the way he tries to come up with a very particular vibe for a song before recording concrete ideas. Ross says that … More »
There’s a brief moment in this weekend’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry David, accompanying his date and her son on a trip to a Santa Monica shopping center, encounters one of those living statue street performers. We’re talking like, maybe three seconds of screentime here, but fans on Reddit have, for … More »
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have teamed up once again to serve up a spooky treat for this very special October Friday the 13th. (Boo!) They’ve covered John Carpenter’s iconic Halloween theme music. You can hear their rendition of it below, and check out our recent interview with Carpenter. More »
The strangest and most intense moment of David Lynch’s recent Twin Peaks: The Return series was the one that featured Nine Inch Nails giving a convulsive performance of “She’s Gone Away” smack in the middle of the episode. Trent Reznor says that he wrote the song, which appeared on the band’s Not The … More »
It’s a huge day for new album releases, and we’ve collected most of the major titles here for your streaming pleasure. The list does not include some of the noteworthy albums that streamed ahead of release, including titles from Hundred Waters, Emily Haines, Washer, and Antibalas. More »
Back in January, it was announced that Nine Inch Nails collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross would be scoring the upcoming 10-part, 18-hour Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War.” Now they’ve shared more details about the project, with the 17-track, two-disc package out next month. In addition, the film’s 38-track companion soundtrack … More »
The Village Voice has an enjoyable new interview with Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, by veteran rock journalist Lizzy Goodman. By the tone of the piece, Reznor was in good spirits and eager to pierce his own myth as the clench-jawed spokesperson for the gothy and disaffected of America — it opens with him … More »
After releasing their Not the Actual Events EP at the end of 2016, Nine Inch Nails announced that it was the first installment in a trilogy of EPs. Just before starting their summer tour, the band has released the second EP of the trilogy, Add Violence.
Across the record’s five songs, Nine Inch Nails show off a range of sounds and styles. The lead single, “Less Than,” is an upbeat, synth-driven track with touches of the band’s infamous industrial sound. Frontman Trent Reznor and his bandmates follow up the single with “The Lovers,” a subdued, creeping song with Reznor’s soft vocals weaving in and out of the minimal blips and deep percussion.
The third track, titled “This Isn’t the Place,” is a moody, downtempo song with hints of R&B and soul. The band decides to get loud and industrial on “Not Anymore,” before the explosive track leads into the closing song, “The Background World.” The final track, standing at nearly 12 minutes long, begins with an eerie intro before gradually distorting into chaos.
You’d be a fool if you thought for a moment electronic music killed the rock star. Rock n’ roll isn’t dead; far from it in fact. The two genres have existed simultaneously, and have often crossed over with each other for decades now. One of the intersection’s seminal boundary pushers, Nine Inch Nails, proves that point. Trent Reznor, NIN’s frontman, recently suggested via Twitter that something is looming for the group, and it’s coming soon. While it’s yet to be confirmed, the announcement has lead to speculation that the group will release a new EP next week.
The theory is further reinforced by the band’s promise of a new EP to be out before their summer tour begins July 23 back in the end of 2016. NIN released their surprise Not The Actual Events EP in December of 2016 and publicly stated that the third part of their EP trilogy would follow “6-8 months” after the second installment, making Reznor and company just about due to deliver on their promise.
Listen to Not The Actual Events below: