Discussing the collaboration, Gahan says, "It was a pleasure to be asked to be a part of Rob’s Humanist project. Mark Lanegan asked me, and I liked the idea immediately… It’s a beast! I went for the vocal, with the visual of driving fast on an empty highway… We shot the video over a couple of days in New York, and it all came together."
Marshall adds, "I’d been writing a lot of music at the time for the record, and I was really getting back into big guitar tracks again, and I had a song (which would eventually become "Shock Collar") that I felt could be a great single. It was something special when Dave said he would sing this. 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. Very humble, gentle and giving. When we shot the video, he worked extremely hard on the day, performing each take with total gusto and energy, which didn't let up throughout his performances."
Humanist is a project led by guitarist and producer Rob Marshall, and the debut album will feature collaborations with Mark Lanegan, Ron Sexsmith, Jim Jones, Ride's Mark Gardener, and others.