The final part of the EP trilogy is still being completed
Trent Reznor has stated that the final part of Nine Inch Nails‘ trilogy of EPs will arrive before the end of June.
The group have previously released 2016’s ‘Not The Actual Events’ and 2017’s ‘Add Violence’ EPs, as part of a promised trilogy from the iconic industrial rock group. Speaking on 6 Music, frontman Reznor elaborated on the delay for the final part of the series.
“We started out with a rigid concept, having not written them all,” Reznor explained. “As we finished Add Violence we found ourselves… it felt too predictable. It felt like we were forcing things. Musically and storytelling-wise. The reason this has been delayed is because it took us a while for—what has become the third EP—to reveal itself to us.”
“We’re in the process of finishing this right now and should be out before the shows take place,” he added, referencing the band’s upcoming European festival run and just-announced headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Reznor also confirmed that there are new movie scores in the works from himself and his soundtracking partner Atticus Ross, but declined to elaborate.
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Nine Inch Nails play the following shows this summer.
22 – London, UK @ Meltdown Festival
24 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
25 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
27 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
29 – St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air St. Gallen
30 – Prague, CZ @ Aerodrome Festival
02 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle
04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
06 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeennes
08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
12 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
14 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
17 – Tokyo, JP @ Sonic Mania
19 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
“I have no idea what the last part of this will be. I know lyrically where it goes, but I don’t know what it’s going to sound like yet.”
Speaking to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe back in July, Reznor revealed that the band had yet to arrive at a sound for the series’ final EP.
“I’ll tell you the blueprint of this suite of records has been starting with the kind of script – the lyrical construct, the world that they sit in,” Reznor explained. “And then, really following inspiration in the studio to find out musically kind of feels inspiring at that time. When we did ‘Not the Actual Events,’ we were really seduced by the violence of it. The kind of throwing ‘Hesitation Marks’ out the window and being unafraid to explore approaches we have in the past with the kind of, you know, punch in the face feel to it.
“And I think that the length of a five-song EP felt like the right length for that, you know? And to repeat that isn’t as exciting anymore,” he continued. “It’s like we did that. So now as we expand the lyrical viewpoint of this three song trilogy, the music that was interesting to us this time around kind of surprised us. And ‘Less Than’ is not entirely representative of where the rest of the EP goes. So this collection of five songs feels like brothers.