Nine Inch Nails releases its first new album in four years, titled Hesitation Marks, on Tuesday (September 3rd) through Columbia Records. The disc was recorded in secret over the past 12 months and features first single “Came Back Haunted.” For this album, NIN main man Trent Reznor returned to the major label side of the music industry and signed with Columbia Records, six years after his Nine Inch Nails contract with Interscope Records expired and he became an independent artist.
Meanwhile, Reznor has also posted a bonus track called “Trent Reznor In A Conversation With . . . ” online. The track appears on the deluxe edition of Hesitation Marks and is a recording made by Reznor himself in which, instead of sitting for an interview, he speaks directly to fans via a hand-held recorder. At point in the 40-plus minute track, Reznor shares two unreleased demos in addition to a demo of the song “Find My Way,” which did make it onto the record.
- Prior to returning to NIN, Reznor started another band, How To Destroy Angels, with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and collaborator Atticus Ross, while he and Ross also composed and performed the scores for the films The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
- In his “Conversation” track, Reznor explains how those projects helped him find his way back to making Nine Inch Nails music again: “It was refreshing to get away from being the actor on center stage, that also wrote the dialogue and dressed the set and held the camera, to being in a more supportive role. And it was fun being in that role; it was fun not having the burden of everything being on your shoulders and also playing a supporting role and enjoying that role. But at the same time, it made the idea of stepping back into center stage and writing music for me, to be sung and delivered by me, interesting.”
- Reznor officially put Nine Inch Nails on hiatus after the final shows by the last version of the group in September 2009.
- Reznor has debuted a new lineup of Nine Inch Nails at various festivals throughout the summer, and will launch a full North American tour on September 28th in St. Paul, Minnesota.