Okay, so Howl & Echoes doesn’t usually write entire articles about singular social media snippets, but when it’s this exciting, it’s worth it:
New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) December 18, 2015
That’s right. Anyone who, much like myself, who grew up with the angsty and industrial sounds of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will no doubt be stoked by this news, considering the future of the project’s existence at all has been so tentative of late.
Reznor has been incredibly busy in recent times, from composing award-winning soundtracks to working closely with Apple Music, assisting in the design of Beats 1 Radio. However, we haven’t heard any new Nine Inch Nails since Hesitation Marks in 2013.
Reznor was confident and vocal about the decision to put NIN on hold to work on Apple Music. Back in June, Reznor told Rolling Stone that although he had been tinkering with some new music, getting it released was not his priority. “Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”
As for the “other stuff”, it may well be another film score, a solo project or even a collaborative effort (although that’s pretty out of character for Reznor). Considering the above quote, whatever it is, perhaps we can expect it to be fairly different to his last couple releases.
Nine Inch Nails last visited Australia in 2014, on a joint headline tour with Queens Of The Stone Age. It was fucking awesome.