According to The Pulse Of Radio, NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor blasted the current state of rock music in a new interview with Scotland's Daily Record, saying, "When you see a lot more excitement generated from the dance tent, I do think a staleness has permeated [rock music]," adding that a "pretty conservative nature has crept into music, and I don't mean sonically."
Reznor elaborated on his remarks, saying, "I get the sense that a lot of bands today are designing themselves to get a good review in the hip blogs, and that is probably the safest and most cowardly thing you can do as an artist. If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules."
Reznor admitted that he's "saying this as an old guy," but added that he put NINE INCH NAILS on ice for five years because it was "starting to get comfortable and routine," and he wanted to try new things like scoring films and starting a new band called HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS.
Even after reactivating NINE INCH NAILS last year, Reznor said, ""I try to be mindful to keep myself in a place that feels artistically uncomfortable, unsure and makes me think and shoots me into some place new rather than resting on past achievements."
NINE INCH NAILS are currently touring Europe through June before kicking off their co-headlining tour with SOUNDGARDEN on July 19 in Las Vegas.