(Classic Rock) Trent Reznor admits upcoming Nine Inch Nails album Hesitation Marks isn't quite the all-guns-blazing work of his earlier years but that doesn't mean he has nothing to say.
The reactivated NIN work has two main inspirations. For the music he looked back at his 1994 album The Downward Spiral; and for the festival stage shows he borrowed from Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense.
Regarding The Downward Spiral, Reznor tells the New York Times: "I felt very aware that it's 20 years later. 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?"
He describes Hesitation Marks as "sparse" and "minimal," adding: "It's hard for me to do that. I've realised that if I have 100 tracks, I'll use 110 tracks. This was really about economy. It was just a weird puzzle of grooves.
"It didn't dawn on me until I was almost done that I don't really even raise my voice on this album that much. The mechanism of screaming choruses doesn't exist here. And that wasn't by design." more on this story