“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
Trent Reznor probably sympathizes with Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part III. Reznor had seemingly retired Nine Inch Nails in 2009 and moved on to a new band (How To Destroy Angels) and a successful career scoring films. While recording new tracks for a contractually obligated Greatest Hits album, he found an unexpected level of creative inspiration and a couple songs soon became a whole album worth of material. Hesitation Marks – NIN’s first in five years – is in stores now. If you are a fan of past tracks such as “The Hand That Feeds” or “The Perfect Drug,” you’ll dig the new single “Came Back Haunted.”
In addition to headlining some of the biggest festivals of the summer, Reznor is taking NIN on the road in the fall for a full headlining tour – its first since 2009. Chances are you’re going to hear a lot of Hesitation Marks during NIN’s set. Obviously Reznor won’t abandon old hits and fan favorites – but don’t get your hopes set on hearing an obscure track from The Downward Spiral. (Side note: can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since that album came out?) Tickets are on sale now, but don’t wait to make your move. Aside from a prolific stretch between 2005 and 2008, NIN has averaged five to six years between new full-length albums. You could take your chances and wait for the next tour, but you’d be missing out.