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Nine Inch Nails: Less Than - Hear new single cut from EP Add Violence

Nine Inch Nails are back with a new single, Less Than, which is cut from their forthcoming EP Add Violence. The release is the follow up to 2016's Not the Actual Events EP, which shows a cracking work-rate for a man that is known for leaving five year gaps between albums.

Industrial rockers go retro with gaming-inspired clip

The accompanying video clip shows a woman playing through infamous retro-styled video game Polybius while the lyrics appear on the screen. The original Polybius was supposedly released by the US Government in 1981, and urban legend suggests gamers experienced psychoactive experiences and became addicted after playing it.  

Developer Llamasoft brought Polybius to life in 2016 with a Playstation 4 release of the same name, which was ironically described as addictive by reviewers. The developers collaborated with Trent Reznor and director Brook Linder to create the Less Than video clip, using a modified version of the game. It all ties in well with the song itself, which has some great retro-sounding synth work in the verses and bridge.

Add Violence EP coming on July 21

The five-track Add Violence EP will be released digitally on July 21. It's the second in a trilogy of planned EP releases from the industrial pioneers. The CD version will begin shipping on August 7 while the vinyl release is "coming soon". All three versions of the EP are now available for pre-order on Nine Inch Nail's website.

Third EP release due in "six-eight months"

A recent email update from the band to fans suggested the third EP will be released "six-eight months" after the Add Violence drops. Speaking on Beats One earlier this week, Reznor admitted he hasn't yet set a direction for the third EP, commenting:

"I’ll tell you the blueprint of this suite of records has been starting with the kind of script – the lyrical construct, the world that they sit in… and then, really following inspiration in the studio to find out musically kind of feels inspiring at that time. When we did Not the Actual Events, we were really seduced by the violence of it. The kind of throwing Hesitation Marks out the window and being unafraid to explore approaches we have in the past with the kind of, you know, punch in the face feel to it.

"And I think that the length of a five-song EP felt like the right length for that, you know? And to repeat that isn’t as exciting anymore. It’s like we did that. So now as we expand the lyrical viewpoint of this three song trilogy, the music that was interesting to us this time around kind of surprised us. And Less Than is not entirely representative of where the rest of the EP goes. So this collection of five songs feels like brothers.

"I have no idea what the last part of this will be. I know lyrically where it goes, but I don’t know what it’s going to sound like yet… there's zero percent done aside from some lyrics in a notebook."

"Really, the main factor would be if it is ready, if it feels like it has fully formed. And the other kind of more controllable aspects of that are at the moment Atticus and I have caught up with the other things we’ve done in our side jobs. You know the Vietnam scores coming out for Ken Burns' documentary that drops this fall. Then there’s a couple interesting film related projects that we’re considering taking on. If we did that, it may play a factor in the timeframe of Nine Inch Nails' third EP."