Mr. Bungle Release Cover Of The Exploited’s “USA”

Mr. Bungle have released a cover of The Exploited‘s “USA.“ 100% of the proceeds from the track and the band’s new limited edition shirt will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund through July 4.

Guitarist Trey Spruance commented:

“Doesn’t matter what part of the political spectrum you are on, everyone at some point has said ‘Fuck the USA.’ The closest thing we have to a universal sentiment.”

Ipecac Recordings co-owner Greg Werckman added:

“This is a song that resonates and speaks to the country that Ipecac calls home. Over 100,000 US citizens are dead from the pandemic. At the same time protective masks have turned into a political football and no one has a grasp on testing. Racism continues to rear its ugly head. Police brutality spikes, unemployment spikes, depression spikes and ‘our’ ego driven elected officials don’t seem to care. We need to do a better job of looking out for each other. MusiCares looks after all of us in the music community.”

Mr. Bungle Further Discuss What Songs They Recorded During Recent Studio Sessions

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.”

Mr. Bungle Re-Recording “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny”

Mr. Bungle recently reunited to perform “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny” in full with a lineup consisting of Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance, Scott Ian (Anthrax, etc.) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.). Now, the band have confirmed that they are re-recording the demo as well as some covers and three previously unreleased tracks.

Spurance told Revolver the following about their decision to re-record the demo:

“I guess there’s a couple reasons. The main one is that we started hanging out again and doing music together — Trevor, Mike and I — about 10 years ago. That was obviously way after the band broke up in 2001 or whenever it was. So we’ve been meeting up and doing stuff for 10 years.

We never felt like there was a pressing need to do a Bungle reunion, but we were hearing about it all the time. We knew people wanted us to do it, but we were kinda looking at each other, like, “Should we?” We felt like if it wasn’t coming out of us naturally, what the fuck are we doing? Maybe we should be thinking about our legacy more than doing a reunion just to do it. So we didn’t do it.”

“Then Trevor had this spontaneous idea when he was on tour with Lombardo — probably in Fantômas — “Wouldn’t it be great if we did our early thrash/death metal stuff with Lombardo?” I think it was an informal thought at first, but then it kind of took root when my band Secret Chiefs 3 was opening up for Dead Cross on tour.

That put all of us in the same room — me, Trevor, Mike and Lombardo — and Trevor brought it up again. Like, “We’re all standing here with Lombardo. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we did this?” About a year later, Lombardo called me and suggested we surprise Patton for his birthday by doing a demo of these tunes.”

Mr. Bungle Appear To Be In The Studio

It looks like Mr. Bungle have been working on something in the studio. The band shared the below photo:

UPDATE: The group have since shared another photo:

Watch Mr. Bungle Perform Cro-Mags‘ “Malfunction“ With Harley Flanagan

During Mr. Bungle’s February 10 show in Brooklyn, NY, the band were joined onstage by Harley Flanagan for a performance of Cro-Mags‘ “Malfunction.“ You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Danny DeVito Spotted At Mr. Bungle Show

Danny DeVito was recently spotted at a Mr. Bungle show in Los Angeles, CA. The actor was hanging out backstage and even gave frontman Mike Patton (Faith No More, etc.) some acting lessons. Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and Scott Ian (Anthrax, etc.), who are currently touring with band, shared some photos on Instagram:

Watch Footage From Mr. Bungle’s First Live Show In Nearly 20 Years

Mr. Bungle took the stage for the first time in nearly 20 years at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA last night (February 5). You can see footage from the concert below. As previously reported, the band’s reunion shows find Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance performing “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny” in full and other songs with special guests Scott Ian (Anthrax, etc.) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.).

Here’s the band’s remaining dates:

02/06 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre (feat. Cattle Decapitation & Neil Hamburger)
02/07 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre (feat. Melvins & Cunts)
02/08 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre (feat. Victims Family & Intestinal Disgorge)
02/10 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel (feat. Full Of Hell & Spotlights)
02/11 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel (feat. Antidote & Cleric)
02/13 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre (feat. Possessed & Neil Hamburger)

Melvins, Cattle Decapitation, Ho99o9, Etc. To Open For Mr. Bungle At Upcoming Reunion Shows

Mr. Bungle have revealed that Melvins, Cattle Decapitation, Ho99o9, and more will be joining them on select dates of their February reunion tour. As previously reported, the shows will find Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance performing “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny” in full with special guests Scott Ian (Anthrax, The Damned Things, etc.) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross).

Tour Dates:

02/05 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre (feat. Ho99o9 & Hirax)
02/06 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre (feat. Cattle Decapitation & Neil Hamburger)
02/07 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre (feat. Melvins & Cunts)
02/08 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre (feat. Victims Family & Intestinal Disgorge)
02/10 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel (feat. Full Of Hell & Spotlights)
02/11 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel (feat. Antidote & Cleric)
02/13 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre (feat. Possessed & Neil Hamburger)

Spruance commented:

“Putting these shows together it occurred to us that this was a great opportunity to expose unsuspecting audiences to some of the absolutely legendary thrash, death metal and hardcore bands that originally inspired us in the mid 80s.

And if we’re going to do that, why not re-unite with some of the equally legendary bands we were close with in the 90s? And why just concentrate on the past? Of the current bands that have taken some kind of inspiration from the heavier side of Mr. Bungle in doing their own thing, why not invite the select few that have managed to inspire us back?”

Watch Mike Patton Perform Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo” With Mondo Cane

During an August 31 show in Prato, Italy, Mike Patton (Faith No More, etc.) performed Mr. Bungle‘s “Retrovertigo“ with his Mondo Cane project. You can see footage of that below. As previously reported, Patton will return to the stage with Mr. Bungle in February.

Mr. Bungle Announce Third Los Angeles, CA Show

Mr. Bungle have added another Los Angeles date to their February reunion tour. As previously reported, these shows will find Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance performing “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny” in full with special guests Scott Ian (Anthrax, The Damned Things, etc.) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross). Here’s their updated schedule:

02/05 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
02/06 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
02/07 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
02/08 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
02/10 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
02/11 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
02/13 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre