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Patriarchy Gets Smashed On a ‘Pretty Hate Machine’

Actually Huizenga: I, Actually Huizenga of Patriarchy, found NIN via my obsession with David Bowie as a pubescent baby. Trent Reznor scared/intrigued me after I noticed him driving the cab within the video for “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

So I began my analysis listening to the albums. Pretty Hate Machine was the primary album to make me cry and masturbate; to query my infantile romantic preconceptions.

Of course Downward Spiral blew my thoughts and made me determine I wanted to have intercourse with a penis as quickly as attainable, however Pretty Hate Machine has extra of a private connection for me largely as a result of as I grew older, I grew into it.

It wasn’t till not too long ago that the entire issues Trent was singing about on this album lastly occurred to me.

It connects on to my new album The Unself, as a result of that is the primary album that I wrote completely about precise romantic/ sexual/ addictive heartbreaks (that I had throughout quarantine).


I by no means thought I’d get to expertise that angst. When I lastly determined to make use of the ache, it helped me to appreciate I used to be dropping myself in it (together with different addictions).

I believed I used to be singing from the attitude of the blokes who I believed had “hurt” me, however I used to be really permitting myself to turn into my shadow self… to appreciate that I’ve at all times been accountable for the hurting.

I discovered my Unself by changing into the darkness that was tempting me into my despair. The darkness solely hurts you for those who don’t settle for it.

Now that I’ve lastly skilled this for myself, I’m excited in regards to the ache that may at all times include pleasure.

I’m now not embarrassed to open myself as much as the hazards of human affection/ human contact. Humans are my favourite animals. The worst type, however essentially the most enjoyable to review, play with, make artwork about…

Pretty Hate Machine is a mixture of hate and love/ church and state/ biology and know-how/ dominance and submission… and sung by a man who seems like he’s within the room with you, respiratory down your neck, completely uninhibited; not afraid to cry and smash all of his devices whereas coated in mud.

I’ll by no means get bored with this album—it’s an album that won’t will let you get drained. It fucks you awake.

I hope that I can keep awake lengthy sufficient to maintain fucking and writing myself.

Patriarchy’s “Good Boy” single and The Unself album are out now.




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