After releasing the 2008’s The Slip for free online, Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor has copped flack for his decision to release the bands forthcoming album Hesitation Marks for a fee via major label Columbia. However Reznor has shot back at the hate, giving people some firm instructions should they not be OK with paying for his music.
Reznor explains that the band is experiencing an organic sense of renewal which stems from something far deeper than any aesthetic change. Though he won’t pin the sensation on being associated with a major label, he has explained that the decision has removed some of the worry from the new album cycle:
“Nine Inch Nails feels bigger than it ever has… Is it because we’re on Columbia? Is it scarcity? I don’t know, but it doesn’t feel bigger in the sense that we’ve desperately adopted some new clothing style. It feels organic, and it feels good not to be worrying about whether or not we shipped vinyl to the cool record store in Prague”
Referring to the heat from fans for the decision to charge actual money for the album, Renzor said that, while he gets the crowdfunding ethos and understands the benefits of a free release, he worked damn hard on the album, and it’s therefore worth your hard earned dosh:
“I know that what we’re doing flies in the face of the Kickstarter Amanda-Palmer-Start-a-Revolution thing, which is fine for her, but I’m not super-comfortable with the idea of Ziggy Stardust shaking his cup for scraps. I’m not saying offering things for free or pay-what-you-can is wrong. I’m saying my personal feeling is that my album’s not a dime. It’s not a buck. I made it as well as I could, and it costs 10 bucks, or go fuck yourself.”
False. Hesitation Marks will cost Australians$16.99 for the standard version and $22.99 for the deluxe version. Logic.
Hesitation Marks will be released tomorrow, Friday, 30th August.