Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band that ruled the‘90s. Led by vocalist and keyboardist Trent Reznor, NIN is known for its raw vocals and synth-pop sound. The band’s origins trace back to Cleveland, Ohio, where Reznor was a janitor at a Right Track Studio. In 1987, he asked the studio owner to let him record demo tracks for free during hours when the studio was empty. For the early recordings, Reznor played all of the instruments except for drums by himself. He later added Atticus Ross on keyboards, synthesizers, and backup vocals, and the duo still tours together today.
Reznor also coined the name Nine Inch Nails and the band’s logo, saying he chose the name because“it abbreviated easily.” Rumored meanings are the nine-inch nails used to crucify Jesus Christ or horror character Freddy Krueger’s nine-inch fingernails.