Nine Inch Nails have released the first single “God Break Down The Door” from the third trilogy EP “Bad Witch” set for June 22.
In an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor stated about his somewhat unique vocal approach on the new song: “We find if we don’t watch ourselves, we tend to try to get somewhere comfortable, because it feels better. And from the sound of the drums to the kind of frantic drumbeat to looking around the studio and seeing the untouched baritone tenor and alto sax that are sitting there, they’re there because they remind me that I can’t play them as well as I used to be able to. For 20 years, I’ve been saying I’m going to really get my technique back because it would be fun to do. And there they sit taunting me in the corner. We pulled them out and we just started fucking around, really, led with Atticus [Ross] arranging. An hour performance kind of turned into this thing that felt like we hadn’t been there before and that started to reveal a whole different character. The space changed and then we felt motivated. When it came time to sing, I was really just trying things out, just to see. I never had the courage to sing like that; I didn’t know I could sing like that.”
Reznor also spoke in more details about NIN’s upcoming material, including the trilogy’s evolution and where “Bad Witch” fits within it.
“Let me drop some cryptic information on you,” he said. “The idea of this three EP thing was all to find truth in us figuring out who we are now and how we fit into the world. The first EP, ‘Not The Actual Events’, was meant to be from a personal, angry self-destructive reflection on that question and defining how I feel in a world. It feels stranger. Part of that’s aging. Part of that’s because the world is getting weirder. Finding your place in a world that looks different every day and reacting to that in the first EP through anger and self-destruction and sitting alone setting a match to your life. The second EP, ‘Add Violence’, was meant [in response] to the same question. But looking for answers externally. Maybe it’s because of this and there’s comfort in that. Maybe there’s a reason things feel kind of crazy, and it’s not that I’m insane [or] that I’m in a situation that’s insane. There was the third EP which has grown into an LP [‘Bad Witch’]. The entire system has a much more bleak and pessimistic outlook, and I don’t want to say too much because it gives away kind of the what the thing is. But it wasn’t necessarily what we thought it was going to be when we started. I thought it was going to go more science fiction.”