WATCH: Humanist Enlists Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan for “Shock Collar”

It’s the latest single from Rob Marshall’s star-studded debut under the moniker.

Exit Calm guitarist Rob Marshall has promised some big names for his forthcoming self-titled debut as HumanistMark Lanegan, Ron Sexsmith, Ride’s Mark Gardener, and, most notably, Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan all make vocal cameos on the unique, guitar-driven record. 

Today Marshall is sharing a colorful video for Gahan’s contribution to the record, the emotive, neon-drenched “Shock Collar.” Directed by Brian Eno collaborator Derrick Belcham and designed by former Arcade Fire creative director Tracey Maurice, the clip is a flashy addition to the track’s somber post-rock sound.

Gahan hopped on the collab per Mark Lanigan’s recommendation, and praised the project in a press statement where he cites “driving fast on an empty highway” as his inspiration for his lyrics and vocals. “It was something special when Dave said he would sing this,” Marshall added. “He’s achieved so much over the years, an incredible front man, with such a soaring voice and presence, but with no trademark tone of celebrity or ego whatsoever.”

Humanist drops February 21 via Ignition Records. You can pre-order it here.


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