After years of being bandied about, an album by the Nine Inch Nails side project Tapeworm is on the way.
NIN frontman Trent Reznor and core Tapeworm members Charlie Clouser (programmer, remixer) and Danny Lohner (guitar) hope to have their as-yet-untitled album ready by late fall, according to a spokesperson at Nothing Records.
Centered at Nothing’s New Orleans studio, Tapeworm is essentially a collaborative studio project involving several guest singers and musicians, one of whom is Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, who recorded the vocal track for the song “Vacant” in 1999. The music for “Vacant” was written by Lohner and rearranged by Clouser, with lyrics and melody by Keenan and chorus and backing vocals by Reznor.
“Vacant” has become something of an APC setlist staple after the group debuted the tune during their tour opener in Portland on January 31. Reznor isn’t particularly pleased that Keenan has let a cat out of the bag that he and his Tapeworm compatriots have kept closed for years, it seems.
“I have to admit I find it mildly irritating for ['Vacant'] to debut in this fashion before feeling it has been properly realized,” Reznor said in a post on NIN’s official Web site.
In other Reznor news, he and longtime collaborator/The Fragile producer Alan Moulder have tracked “more than an album’s worth” of demos, according to Reznor’s post on the site. The rough songs are “very unlike The Fragile, and may not even be released as NIN material,” the post reads.
Reznor is also putting the finishing touches on a NIN DVD chronicling the band’s 1999-2000 tour, which was originally scheduled for release last November (see “Nine Inch Nails To Release Remix LP, Live DVD” ).