The other day, Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor responded to Rolling Stone’s inquiry on a new album with, “Just wait and see what happens.”
Well, it happened. Not only are we getting a new Nine Inch Nails 5-song EP, titled Not the Actual Events, next week, but we’re getting a reissue of The Fragile to go along with vinyl releases of all of NIN’s albums!
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) December 16, 2016
The official NIN website is overloaded, but here are the full details.
LATE LAST YEAR, REZNOR DECLARED, “NEW NIN COMING IN 2016. OTHER STUFF, TOO.” THE OTHER STUFF AMOUNTED TO THE SCORES FOR NASA’S JUNO SHORT FILM, THE CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY “BEFORE THE FLOOD” (FEATURING THE SONG “A MINUTE TO BREATHE”) AND THE ABOUT-TO-BE-RELEASED PETER BERG FILM “PATRIOTS DAY”. NOW JUST IN TIME HE MAKES GOOD ON THE NINE INCH NAILS SIDE OF THINGS.
NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS, THE NEW 5 SONG EP WILL BE RELEASED NEXT FRIDAY, 12/23 WITH PREORDERS LIVE RIGHT NOW. THE EP FINDS REZNOR AND NOW OFFICIAL BANDMATE ATTICUS ROSS TAKING AN UNEXPECTED LEFT TURN FROM 2013’S HESITATION MARKS AND SOUNDING UNRECOGNIZABLE FROM THEIR CURRENT FILM WORK.
“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make” said Reznor. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS IS SELF-RELEASED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS 12/23. THE NIN STORE IS OFFERING TWO FORMATS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW: 180G 1-SIDED VINYL, AND A UNIQUE LIMITED DIGITAL + PHYSICAL COMPONENT VERSION.
IN ADDITION, A VERY SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION OF THE FRAGILE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER IN THE NIN STORE. THIS UNIQUE VERSION OF NIN’S CLASSIC RECORD WAS CREATED BY TRENT REZNOR AND ATTICUS ROSS AND FEATURES 37 INSTRUMENTAL, ALTERNATE AND UNRELEASED TRACKS, MANY OF WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE ANYWHERE.
Said Reznor: ” ‘The Fragile’ occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart. I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before. The result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share.”
THE FRAGILE: DEVIATIONS 1 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON ANY DIGITAL SERVICES AND ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS FORMAT WHILE THIS LIMITED RUN LASTS.
LASTLY, TRENT REZNOR AND NIN ART DIRECTOR JOHN CRAWFORD SET OUT TO MAKE THE “DEFINITIVE EDITIONS” OF ALL THE MAIN NIN RELEASES ON VINYL.
“We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises. That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail that you probably won’t notice…but it matters to us. No extra bullshit and gimmicks – the ‘real’ records in their truest form.”