"'Cult of Personality' is a song that we always wanted to cover," says Gears drummer Jimmy Wooten of Living Colour's 1988 classic that tackles the intoxicating effect exalted leaders and regimes can have on a population. "That groove, that riff, the vocals, lyrical content ... Everything about it has always stuck out to us and been a personal favorite."
The band have always been fans, but a special opportunity arose when the song's original singer, Corey Glover, signed on to assist with vocal duties alongside lead singer Trip Six for the loyal but revitalized iteration. Wooten comments on the pairing, "To have the opportunity to not only record a song that is important to us, but to have Corey Glover himself come in and perform on that track, it was truly a special moment. He was so easy and fun to work with and the final product is really something that we are extremely proud of."
Along with the impressive track comes a music video that shows the band hard at work with the studio with Glover, as well as a colorful montage that features iconic leaders from throughout history, echoing the lyrical references: Joseph Stalin, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro all show up alongside unnerving footage of marching armies and quick, anxious cuts that lend weight to the seriousness of the source material.
Gears' "Cult of Personality" was recorded in Recorded at Wombat Studios in New Jersey and Jettlane Studios in Kentucky, with Estil Robinson handling the photography and videography. Check out the finished product above, and if you like what you see and hear, follow the band on Facebook for more updates.