Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was interviewed on LA's KROQ Monday morning and he talked about many subjects recently in the news, including former King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew's decision to quit the band.
The production of the band's new record Hesitation Marks was shrouded in secrecy for some time until Reznor revealed what he was doing. “I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately,” Reznor said on the official NIN Tumblr page. “For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great."
Now, he's opening up about further details, saying that the changes in the lineup were "disruptive." He went on: "You can spend a lot of time hypothesising, imagining and projecting what it’s gonna be with this chemistry and this recipe of people in a room playing music, and in reality it rarely is that."
Following the departure of Belew and bassist Eric Avery, Reznor said that the band had turned into "something different". "It's felt like a wrench in the works at times, but at the same time it's made me rethink a lot of how we put this together, and I think where we're ending up at is a place that’s much truer to what Nine Inch Nails should be and better in the long run," he said.
Reznor also mentioned that he just saw what was likely a final cut of the collaboration with David Lynch on the video for "Came Back Haunted," which should be out by the end of this week.
The interview touches on several other topics, inlcuding the new stage setup and his involvement scoring "The Social Network." You can download MP3s of the entire three part interview below.