Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has been working with David Lynch ever since he produced the soundtrack album for Lynch’s 1997 movie Lost Highway. And on last night’s episode of Lynch’s weekly television headfuck Twin Peaks, Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails put in an appearance, performing at the show’s Bang Bang Bar. In past weeks, artists like Sharon Van Etten and Chromatics have performed in the show’s venue. And Nine Inch Nails dug deep into the show’s creep-vibes, performing the noisy, squalid “She’s Gone Away,” from last year’s Not The Actual Events EP. Reznor himself wore sunglasses and black leather jacket and gloves, looking a bit like Suicide’s Alan Vega, or maybe like Cold Cave’s Wes Eisold. The performance, in front of that red curtain, with the crowd reacting in Lynchian ways, makes for a more effective Nine Inch Nails video than “Came Back Haunted,” the actual Nine Inch Nails video that Lynch directed in 2013. Check it out below, and be advised that there’s a bit of an episode spoiler at the end of the performance.
The self-released Not The Actual Events EP is out now. And while I haven’t seen last night’s Twin Peaks yet, it’s already drawing acclaim as the creepiest, strangest, most confounding episode of the season thus far, which would be quite an achievement.