Plenty of bands have revealed specialty merch to coincide with the culturally devastating effect that COVID-19 has had on America, most of them involving either a skull wearing a facemask or a COVID cell with a line through it or whatever. But now, Nine Inch Nails have unveiled a full line of shirts that are part of their Pandemic 2020 merch line, which they claim “reflect our anxiety and anger during this unprecedented time.”
NIN announced the shirts via Twitter, posting images of a series of shirt designs that include references to their classic track “We’re In This Together” and their influential 1992 EP Broken. The post reads, “Nine Inch Nails presents the 2020 Pandemic Collection, available for a very limited time only. This collection of re-takes re-flects our anxiety and anger during this unprecedented time.”
Nine Inch Nails presents the 2020 Pandemic Collection, available for a very limited time only. This collection of re-takes re-flects our anxiety and anger during this unprecedented time. https://t.co/wfevpfTSgI
— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) September 21, 2020
Here’s a closer look at the shirts that are in Nine Inch Nails’ Pandemic 2020 line:
Nine Inch Nails’ Pandemic 2020 shirt line are already available to order.
The shirts aren’t the first thing Nine Inch Nails gave to their fans during this confusing moment in American history. Shortly after the COVID quarantine became part of American life, the band released a double album of ambient music for free, announcing the record via a loud statement to fans:
“WEIRD TIMES INDEED…
“AS THE NEWS SEEMS TO TURN EVER MORE GRIM BY THE HOUR, WE’VE FOUND OURSELVES VACILLATING WILDLY BETWEEN FEELING LIKE THERE MAY BE HOPE AT TIMES TO UTTER DESPAIR – OFTEN CHANGING MINUTE TO MINUTE. ALTHOUGH EACH OF US DEFINE OURSELVES AS ANTISOCIAL-TYPES WHO PREFER BEING ON OUR OWN, THIS SITUATION HAS REALLY MADE US APPRECIATE THE POWER AND NEED FOR CONNECTION.
“MUSIC – WHETHER LISTENING TO IT, THINKING ABOUT IT OR CREATING IT – HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE THING THAT HELPED US GET THROUGH ANYTHING – GOOD OR BAD. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE DECIDED TO BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL AND COMPLETE THESE NEW GHOSTS RECORDS AS A MEANS OF STAYING SOMEWHAT SANE.
“GHOSTS V: TOGETHER IS FOR WHEN THINGS SEEM LIKE IT MIGHT ALL BE OKAY, AND GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS… WELL, YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT.
“IT MADE US FEEL BETTER TO MAKE THESE AND IT FEELS GOOD TO SHARE THEM. MUSIC HAS ALWAYS HAD A WAY OF MAKING US FEEL A LITTLE LESS ALONE IN THE WORLD… AND HOPEFULLY IT DOES FOR YOU, TOO. REMEMBER, EVERYONE IS IN THIS THING TOGETHER AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
“WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON.
BE SMART AND SAFE AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
“TRENT & ATTICUS”
Words by Chris Krovatin