While NIN releases tend to come intermittently, it’s not like Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor haven’t been busy. Having just recently won an Oscar for the Soul score (a collaboration with the very talented Jon Batiste), have been keeping themselves busy with film score after film score. Now, it appears Nine Inch Nails are getting ready to work on new material. Speaking with Variety about the Oscars win for Soul, Reznor had plenty to say, helpfully translated below.
“Ten years ago, when we did ‘The Social Network‘, which is the first film that we worked on, it was such a great experience. We just came out of it inspired and re-energized, and it was working on a medium we hadn’t done before and learned so much, that we felt like, ‘Hey, let’s do a Nine Inch Nails record; let’s go on tour. And what we’ve tried to do since then is break it up where we do some rock music, we come back and do some film work. We’ve just done three pretty big films in ‘Watchmen‘, ‘Mank‘, and ‘Soul‘ in a row. We should be on tour but COVID has prevented that. We are planning on working on Nine Inch Nails material as soon as…probably tomorrow.”
The band, who changed industrial music forever with releases like 1994’s The Downward Spiral, have long been known for lengthy periods in between releases. In fact, other than single releases, between 1989 and 1999, NIN only released three full-length albums and a heralded EP. However, you can’t argue for quality over quantity, and 2018’s Bad Witch was one of NIN’s best works yet.