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Mr. Bungle Confirm They Have Been Re-Recording Their Early Demo & More


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Mr. Bungle have revealed what they’ve been up to in the studio as of late: re-recording their 1986 demo “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny“. Having recently come together for their first shows in 20 years to perform both that demo and covers and rarities, the group’s Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn decided to also revisit it in the studio.

As with their live run earlier this year, Anthrax, etc. guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Suicidal Tendencies/ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo have joined them to that end. Spurance told Revolver of why they decided to re-record the demo:

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“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.”

A fall release on Ipecac Recordings is being planned with some rarities from the era and potential cover songs also being eyed for inclusion. Revolver have filed the first of a two-part look at the studio sessions with another part due to be published tomorrow, March 24th.

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