"Less Than" is the first track on the 2017 EP Add Violence. It was first made available through the official Nine Inch Nails YouTube channel on July 13, 2017. The lyrics of this song seem to reference the How To Destroy Angels album Welcome Oblivion, and/or its title track.
In 2020, a promotional CD from Capitol Records was put up for sale on eBay, containing multitracks for this song as well as "The Background World".
- Additional Vocals: Sharlotte Gibson & Allison Iraheta
- Add Violence
This is the only known version.
"Less Than" made its live debut at the first show of the I Can't Seem To Wake Up 2017 tour. It was a staple throughout that tour and Europe + Asia 2018, and continued to appear at most shows of the Cold And Black And Infinite Tour.
On July 13, 2017 a music video directed by Brook Linder was posted on the official Nine Inch Nails YouTube channel. It features a woman playing a video game that incorporates lyrical lines from the song. The game being played is a customized version of Polybius, which was inspired by the subject of an urban gaming legend from the 1980s. The creator of the game was contacted by Trent Reznor and asked to create a special build for the video.
Focus? We didn't even notice We awake in a place we can barely recognize, yeah Hypnosis And you can justify it all your back was up against the wall again (Shut up) Silence Add a little violence And offend and pretend and defend and demand my compliance And you can always justify the missile trails across the sky Again So what are you waiting for? You got what you asked for Did it fix what was wrong with you? Are you less than? Go and look what you gone done Welcome oblivion Did it fix what was wrong with you? Are you less than? Needful Too many fucking people You'll have to take care of yourselves (you know I've got my hands full) And you can always justify the missile trails across the sky Again So what are you waiting for? You got what you asked for Did it fix what was wrong with you? Are you less than? Go and look what you gone done Come on welcome oblivion Did it fix what was wrong inside? Are you less than?
An additional line is included in the mp3 tag though not sung:
Yes this is about you
Further lyrics are printed on the physical component. The final line seems to reference "March Of The Pigs":
true believers did it feel [sic] that hole doesn't it make you feel better