Trent Reznor has “formally partnered” with Sony’s Columbia in the US for a “series of releases” by How To Destroy Angels, his collaboration with wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan. The band will issue six track EP ‘An Omen’ on 12 Nov, and are also preparing an LP for release in early 2013.
So that’s all very nice, but what of renowned DIY advocate Reznor’s opting to associate with a major? “Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia”, he notes via a statement on the HTDA Facebook page, “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”.
A surprising compromise, perhaps, given his past criticism of the majors and various spats with former label Universal Music (not to mentioned his very public feud with the albeit independent TVT Records in the early 90s), which at one point included him encouraging fans to either steal his music, or at least not buy it. And HTDA’s new releases will represent Reznor’s first since 2007 (when Nine Inch Nails declined to renew their contract with Universal’s Interscope) not exclusively credited to his own independent label, The Null Corporation.
Though, given Reznor’s usual candidness regards his business ventures, it will be interesting to see how this major-label partnership experiment turns out.
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