Nine Inch Nails may be down a few members, but frontman Trent Reznor doesn’t seem to be all that worried about the band’s recent departures.
According to Rolling Stone, Reznor discussed the band’s recent changes in its lineup, which recently received a great deal of media coverage, saying it all came down to group chemistry.
“[Y]ou can spend a lot of time hypothesizing, 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,” the singer explained.
Though he referred to the departures as “disruptive,” he added that the changes were ultimately for the best.
“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.”
Guitarist Adrian Belew announced his departure from the group earlier this month, making him the second member to leave the band this year. In a Facebook post, which is still available, he also wrote, “concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails Band: it didn’t work.”
His departure was surprising, as the band had only just announced work on a new album. The record has since been name Hesitation Marks and is set for a September 3 release, with a new tour scheduled from July to November.
But Belew wasn’t the only member to say goodbye. On May 15, bassist Eric Avery also publicized his departure from the band, saying he was “overwhelmed and couldn’t handle the “intensity that Nails demands,” according to Rolling Stone.
Still, Avery and Belew’s exits won’t slow down NIN, which recently welcomed back guitarist Robin Finck, who has worked with the band previously over the years. Finck will join the band’s line-up and could possibly appear in the “Came Back Haunted” video, the first single off the band’s forthcoming LP.
Nine Inch Nails will kick off their tour on July 26 at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan. For more information on the band, visit their official website.
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