For some reason I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for bands comprised of couples. Arcade Fire, Mates Of State, Peaking Lights, and hell, even The White Stripes (even though they were divorced and claimed to be brother and sister for a majority of their run) are a few groups I’ve been into that are centered around a pair of lovebirds. Well now it looks like there’s a new band that I can add to that list.
Trent Reznor, the mastermind behind Nine Inch Nails, has recruited his wife Mariqueen Maandig for vocal duty on his latest project, How To Destroy Angels. The title track “Welcome Oblivion” doesn’t have a driving industrial beat but instead relies on backdropping Mariqueen’s anxious voice with ominous bass and creaking synths to create Reznor’s trademark feeling of impending doom. It’s one of those songs that may not pop out at you while listening on laptop speakers, but plug in your soundsystem or over the ear headphones and you’ll be blown away by the sheer sonic force that comes pumping out.[audio http://www.what-else-is-there.com/weit/2013/How%20To%20Destroy%20Angels%20-%20Welcome%20Oblivion.mp3]