Your last album took six years. We've only had
to wait 18 months for this one.
Reznor (vocals): "It's been pretty interesting, I'm probably as surprised
as some fans are (laughs). But really it's just a matter of discipline. When i
was on the last tour, to keep myself busy i was just really hunkered down and
was working on music the whole time, so this kept me in a creative mode and
when i finished the tour i felt like i wasn't tired and wanted to keep at
Is there anyone else playing on the album?
all me, mostly recorded in hotel rooms around the world on laptops. There maybe
some surprise vocalists that pop up here and there - although i don't want to
say who since the final mix hasn't been determined yet, and Josh Freese is
playing the drums on one song, but it's not like a big guest star-type record.
It feels a bit more focused in a certain direction than 'With Teeth' did,"
What's the concept?
trying to avoid getting too detailed about this but i will tell you that this
is a concept record, and it's part of a bigger picture of a number of thing's
I'm working on. Essentially i wrote the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't
exist. This album is a bit more electronic and I'd say rhyme plays a bigger
element in it than in the past and it's veering away from concern about song
structure and getting played on the radio."
Are you talking about some kind of multimedia
goal is that the music can be interpreted with the richest context. So what I'm
immersed in is a way to achieve that. Now that albums have gone from 12 inches
of real estate with artwork and a whole aesthetic, to CDs, which are ugly and
disposable, to nowadays just being a file on a computer, it's led me to putting
a lot of thought in to ways to present music that still makes it feel important
and that has depth and purpose."
Will it be a heavy album?
not heavy in any kind of metal tyoe sense, I'd say a big inspiration sonically
would be early Public Enemy records, a collage of sound type of thing, not
heavy in a metal guitar kind of way."
On 'The Downward Spiral' and 'The Fragile' you
blended together an extreme amount of disparate sounds and layers - is this
moving further in that direction?
Alan Moulder (long-time collaborator) was stunned when he first heard it.
Normally a Pro-Tools session has alot of tracks and this time he was like
'You're kidding me, it's only this much stuff?'. The end result has a bit of
racket to it, it's much more improvisational, less refined. With this record i
feel alot less concerned about what people think about it - espcially the dying
record industry. I couldn't care less about that right now."