Fear Factory Prepares To Meet Gary Numan For “Cars” Video Shoot

With its revisitation to Gary Numan’s new wave anthem of isolation, “Cars,” picking up momentum, Fear Factory will head to Vancouver this weekend to shoot a video for the song.

The cover, which features Numan trading vocals with Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell, is the most added track on both active rock and mainstream rock stations and the fourth most added track at alternative rock stations this week, according to radio industry publication “R&R” magazine.

The band hopes to push the song even further by teaming with Numan for what looks to be a rather ambitious video shoot.

“Basically, it’s going to stay on the sci-fi tip that we’re on, and it’s going to have a very Stanley Kubrick-type of vibe to it,” Bell told MTV News on Wednesday. “For instance, the first scene is Gary and I in NASA space suits suspended, like floating in space toward this car. Since Gary and I do the verses, we’re morphing into each other as we do the verses, so there’s going to be a lot of really
cool effects in it.”

While the video promises to feature the sci-fi flavor that fans have come to expect from all things Fear Factory, Bell said the clip will also illustrate the message that runs through Numan’s song.

“Every scene has something to do with a car, of course, and how we feel safe [inside them], but there’s still violence and this sh** around,” Bell explained.

Helping the band realize this vision will be John S. Bartley, who spent a number of years as a cinematographer on “The X-Files.” All this activity seems like a bit much when you take into account the fact that this version of “Cars” was nowhere to be found when Fear Factory’s latest album, “Obsolete,” hit stores last July.

“We wanted the album to come as the concept and the whole story,” Bell explained. “We had the ten songs in a row for it, and ‘Cars’ was never meant to be on the record. We just knew it would either be a single later on or a B-side or an extra track later on somewhere else. Initially
it just didn’t fit with the concept.”

The band has since found a way to wedge the song (and four other tracks) onto a limited edition Digipak version of “Obsolete” that is in stores now.

Meanwhile, you can expect Fear Factory to trot the song out when the band headlines the second stage at this summer’s edition of Ozzfest. Here’s where to catch them:

  • 5/27 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheater
  • 5/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
  • 5/31 – Nashville, TN @ Starwood Pavilion
  • 6/2 – Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavilion
  • 6/4 – Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 6/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Entertainment Center
  • 6/8 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center
  • 6/10 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center
  • 6/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Starlake Amphitheater
  • 6/14 – Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amphitheater
  • 6/16 – Mansfield, MA @ Great Wood Amphitheater
  • 6/18 – Mansfield, MA @ Great Wood Amphitheater
  • 6/19 – Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theater
  • 6/25 – Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob Amphitheater
  • 6/27 – Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob Amphitheater
  • 6/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek Amphitheater
  • 7/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ Float-ride Amphitheater
  • 7/3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Alpine Valley
  • 7/5 – Chicago, IL @ World Music Theater
  • 7/7 – St. Louis, MO @ Riverport Amphitheater
  • 7/9 – Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone Amphitheater
  • 7/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Retama Park
  • 7/13 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheater
  • 7/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird
  • 7/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Gorge
  • 7/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
  • 7/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Amphitheater
  • 7/24 – San Bernadino, CA @ Blockbuster Pavilion