It was recently reported that Mr. Bungle were re-recording “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny” with their current lineup of Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance, Scott Ian (Anthrax, etc.) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.). Now, in part two of their in-studio report with Revolver, the band have offered more information on the project.
Spruance said the following:
“We re-recorded most of what’s on the demo and then we recorded a bunch of the cover songs that we did at the live shows. We haven’t decided what exactly is going on the record yet, but obviously we’re going to prioritize the Raging Wrath stuff, because it is a re-recording of that demo. Maybe a cover or two will make it, but I’m not sure yet.”
He also added:
“We didn’t play “Grizzly Adams” at the shows, but I think it’s going on the record. And then a song called “Evil Satan,” that’s one from the demo that we didn’t record. But there are three songs that were written during that time that were constructed by the time we did the original Raging Wrath demo, but we never recorded.
So those songs were resurrected and they’re going on this new album. One of them is called “Glutton for Punishment,” another is called “Methmatics” and the last one is “Eracist.” Trevor actually found his original lyrics for “Glutton for Punishment” from back in the day, but the other two have freshly constructed lyrics.”
He then continued after being asked if the band ever considered writing new material instead:
“No. That didn’t really occur to us, because this music is strong. And if we’re gonna revisit our origins, this is a very comfortable place to be for all of us. There’s always been a difference between how fans look at the band and how we look at the band.
That’s true for most bands, but for ours more than most. We never stopped being metalheads in our minds, even though we’ve grown all these other appendages.
So for us, going back to the roots is totally exciting. And I think it’s the same for Lombardo. He’s been doing a lot of hardcore gigs with the Misfits and Suicidal [Tendencies], plus all this avant-garde stuff, but he hasn’t been playing straight-up thrash for a while — so in a way it’s like a coming home for him, too. So we have all this great material, plus these two fucking guys who are our heroes — we’d be idiots not to record this.”
He also added the following when asked if the sessions may lead to new album:
“We’re taking it slow. Even with this re-recording, we didn’t make formal plans. I think the next step honestly wouldn’t be a new record. But who knows? It seems like we’re able to all make music together and have a great time. There are definitely less obstacles than there were before — let’s put it that way.”