Factory 81

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Factory 81
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Nu metal, alternative metal[1][2]
Years active 1997—2003
Labels Jive, Mojo, The Orchard, Medea, Uptown, Universal
Past members Andy Cyrulnik
Kevin Lewis
Bill Schultz
Nathan Wallace

Factory 81 were an American nu metal[1][2] band from Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 1997, the band was active until 2003.


The band had not initially decided on a name until Nathan Wallace wore a shirt bearing a patch which read "Factory 81", and the rest of the band thought that "it sounded good", deciding that this would be the name of their band.[3]

Factory 81 released their only album, Mankind in 1999 on Medea Records; while it did not chart,[4] it was reissued by The Orchard in 2000[5] and Universal Motown Republic Group on October 3, 2000.[5] In 2001, the album was reissued by the independent record label Mojo Records.[5] Factory 81 also appeared on the compilation Take a Bite Outta Rhyme: A Rock Tribute to Rap, contributing a cover of Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain".[6] The compilation peaked at No. 195 on the Billboard 200.[7] In November 2000, Factory 81 toured alongside Mudvayne, Kittie and Apartment 26.[8] The band signed to Jive Records, but left the label in 2002.[9] In 2003, bassist Kevin Lewis and drummer Andy Cyrulnik left the group, prompting Factory 81 to disband.[10] In 2017 Bill Schultz and Kevin Lewis started a new band, Minus Knives, along with singer Brandon Espinoza. [11]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Allmusic described Factory 81's music style as a fusion of "stomp-paced metal"[4] and "'new school' hardcore",[4] and as mosh metal.[12] Influences cited by the band include genres such as jazz, fusion, and world music,[3] and the band Tool.[3] Factory 81's sound has been compared to bands such as Deftones[2] while vocalist Nathan Wallace's rapping has been compared to that of Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha.[2]

Band members[edit]

  • Andy Cyrulnik — drums
  • Kevin Lewis — bass
  • Bill Schultz — guitar
  • Nathan Wallace — vocals


Studio albums


  • Crawl Space (1997)[13]


  1. ^ a b Blabbermouth's review of Mankind by Factory 81
  2. ^ a b c d "Factory 81: Mankind - LoudVision". loudvision.it. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "VOX INTERVIEWS FACTORY 81". Archived from the original on 2001-07-19. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c DaRonco, Mike. "Biography of Factory 81". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "Factory 81 - Mankind". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Really Randoms: Destiny's Child, Cypress Hill". Rolling Stone. August 10, 2000. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Charts and awards for Take a Bite Outta Rhyme: A Rock Tribute to Rap". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  8. ^ Dansby, Andrew (November 15, 2000). "Mudvayne to Tour with Kittie, Factory 81 and Apartment 26". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  9. ^ CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. p. 23. ISSN 0890-0795. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Mary J. Blige, Hall & Oates, Redman, Method Man & More". MTV News. December 24, 2003. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  11. ^ http://minusknives.com
  12. ^ https://www.metrotimes.com/the-scene/archives/2000/09/27/factory-81
  13. ^ "Factory 81 - Crawl Space (Cassette, Album) at Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 3 December 2014.