Ever since his contract with Interscope expired in 2007, Trent Reznor has been releasing music on his own, including the Oscar-winning soundtrack to The Social Network (which was written with Atticus Ross). Among his self-releases was an EP with another project, How To Destroy Angels, which is comprised of Reznor, Ross and Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig. The project announced a new EP, An Omen, will be coming out on November 13. Perhaps the most surprising fact is that they’ve signed to Columbia.
Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia, we’ve really spent a long time thinking about things and it makes sense for a lot of reasons, including a chance to work with our old friend Mark Williams. There’s a much more granular and rambling answer I could give (and likely will in an interview someplace) but it really comes down to us experimenting and trying new things to see what best serves our needs. Complete independent releasing has its great points but also comes with shortcomings.
Reznor also says that a full-length album is due early next year, and some of the songs from the EP will wind up on it. Also, Rob Sheridan, who has collaborated with Reznor in the past, is now a new member of the band. Reznor hasn’t had a great past with labels. You know how angry the Broken EP is? That’s pretty much about Nine Inch Nails’ first contract with TVT. And towards the end of his contract with Interscope, he was basically telling fans to just steal his music. We’d have to imagine that he’s going to be toning down his rhetoric a bit moving on.