Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor recently gave young rock artists quite a bashing, noting that the genre became stale and accusing bands of taking the cowardly approach.
"When you see a lot more excitement generated from the dance tent, I do think a staleness has permeated [rock music]," Trent told the Daily Record. "A pretty conservative nature has crept into music and I don't mean sonically."
"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," he continued. "If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules."
"What I try to straddle is paying attention to what is happening in the outside world to some degree and at the same time becoming insular and really trusting my own voice and my own sense of what is right and appropriate," Reznor added.
"I don't hear tons of that going on right now. I'm saying this as an old guy. You start to morph into the guy you railed against when you were younger. But I'm being true to who I am now," the musician concluded.