May 7, 2014 15:05

Trent Reznor criticises 'cowardly' bands who only want to impress 'hip blogs'

Nine Inch Nails man says that rock music has become 'stale'

Trent Reznor criticises 'cowardly' bands who only want to impress 'hip blogs'

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Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has described the current "staleness" of rock music and criticised other bands for being "cowardly".

Speaking to the Daily Record, Reznor suggested that other musicians were too focused on garnering favourable reviews from "hip" publications rather than expressing themselves creatively.

"When you see a lot more excitement generated from the dance tent, I do think a staleness has permeated [rock music]," he said. "A pretty conservative nature has crept into music, and I don't mean sonically."

He added: "I get the sense that a lot of bands today are designing themselves to get a good review in the hip blogs, and that is probably the safest and most cowardly thing you can do as an artist. If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules."

Nine Inch Nails are set to tour the UK this summer. They play:

Birmingham LG Arena ?(May 18)
Glasgow Hydro Arena ?(20)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (21)
London The O2? (23)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena ?(24)
Manchester Phones 4U Arena (25)


To buy tickets for Nine Inch Nails and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

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