Trent Reznor’s albums with nine inch nails have always provided the mercurial singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist with catharsis.
But the process of recording the group’s latest effort, 2005’s “With Teeth” — the first new NIN record in six years — brought with it a revelation.
“When I finished this record and I thought about it for awhile,” Reznor, 41, says, “I hadn’t ever realized how governed by fear I had been up to that point — fear of not being good enough, which I’ve now learned is another psychological problem I’ve had, which I chose to deal with in my own way.”
That way included moving from New Orleans to Los Angeles, finding new management and going through therapy to deal with both substance and emotional issues. It worked “With Teeth” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and launched the singles “The Hand That Feeds,” “Only” and “Every Day is Exactly the Same.”
More importantly, Reznor — a native of Mercer, Pa., who started NIN in 1987 in Cleveland
and eventually turned it into a one-man project — is in a healthier and happier place than he’s been in many years, which he feels bodes well for both his and nine inch nails’ future.
“I went into this cycle feeling like I’d probably done irreparable damage to my career by another long period of time away,” he says. “If I could change the time frame and put records out quicker, I would’ve done that. But I couldn’t, and I can’t change it, so I’m making the best of it.
“When I finished this record, I felt so good that I did what I set out to do — to make a record I thought was great. I just feel very, very grateful that there are still fans out there that are interested in what I do.”
nine inch nails, Bauhaus and Peaches perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (June 25th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $49.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com. Front Row Cen
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