New Nine Inch Nails music! The Trent Reznor-led outfit recently announced that their Bad Witch record would be arriving on June 22 and now the group has shared their first piece of new music from the disc, a track called “God Break Down the Door” that you can check out below.
The song features a repetitive beat laid over chaotic electronics, with Reznor repeatedly offering the line, “God break down the door / God break down the door / You won’t find the answers here / Not the ones you came looking for.”
Speaking with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show where the track debuted, Reznor stated, “We find if we don’t watch ourselves we tend to try to get some [characteristics] more comfortable with because it feels better. And from the sound of the drums to the kind of frantic drumbeat to looking around the studio and seeing the untouched baritone tenor and alto sax that are sitting there, they’re there because they remind me that I can’t play them as well as I used to be able to. For 20 years, I’ve been saying I’m going of really get my technique back because it would be fun to do. And there they sit taunting me in the corner. We pulled them out and we just started fucking around really, led with Atticus [Ross] arranging. I was just kind of going, an hour performance kind of turned into this thing that felt like we hadn’t been there before and that started to reveal a whole different character. The space changed and then we felt motivated. When it came time to sing I was really just trying things out, just to see. I never had the courage to sing like that, I didn’t know I could sing.”
Reznor also discussed the idea behind doing three EPs, with the third EP Bad Witch really turning into more of an album. “The idea of this three EP thing was all too find truth in us figuring out who we are now and how we fit into the world. The first EP Not the Actual Events was meant to be a personal angry self-destructive of reflection on that question and defining how I feel in a world, it feels stranger, part of that’s aging. Part of that’s because the world is getting weirder. Finding your place in a world that looks different every day little bit changes and reacting to that in the first EP through anger and self-destruction and sitting alone setting a match to your life.”
He continued, “The second EP Add Violence was meant to be the same question. But looking for answers externally. Maybe it’s because of this and there’s comfort in that. Maybe there’s a reason things feel kind of crazy and it’s not that I’m insane that I’m in a situation that’s insane. There was the third EP which has grown into an LP (Bad Witch.) It was coming to one final look at that question from rejecting what the number two says that it wasn’t an easy answer. It’s not it’s not we I can’t point at that as a formula and that’s what it was. And that the entire system has a much more bleak and pessimistic outlook and I want to say too much because it gives away kind of the what the thing is. But it wasn’t necessarily what we thought it was going to be when we started.”
Reznor concluded, “I thought it was going to go more science fiction. I don’t really want to overwhelm you with cleverness and deep diving and part of that felt like an arms race and it also felt like a cop out.”
The Bad Witch disc is on target for a June 22 street date and you can look for the band on tour later this year sharing stages with The Jesus and Mary Chain.