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Nine Inch Nails line-up changes have been “disruptive”, says Reznor

By | Published on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor has been discussing the recent departures of bassist Eric Avery and guitarist Adrian Belew from the current incarnation of Nine Inch Nails. Speaking to, he said that the splits, which both occurred in recent weeks, have been “disruptive”.

He added: “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. 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”.

As previously reported, Reznor made the surprise announcement last month that a new album from the band would precede upcoming tour dates. It turns out the record took Reznor somewhat by surprise too, he originally starting to work on new music to add to a greatest hits package still contractually owed to his former label, Universal/Interscope. However, “a couple songs led to a couple more songs” and he found himself “seizing the moment of inspiration”.

This possibly goes some way to explaining why the record, entitled ‘Hesitation Marks’, is being released by Sony/Columbia in the US but Universal/Polydor throughout the rest of the world.