Mr. Bungle

Mr. Bungle Address What Songs They Recorded During Recent Studio Sessions & The Potential for An All-New Album


The second half of Revolver‘s in-studio report on Mr. Bungle‘s re-recording sessions of their 1986 demo “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny” has gone up online here. The band decided to re-record those songs in the studio recently with the lineup from their reunion touring earlier this year.

If you missed out on that run, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn hit the road with Anthrax, etc. guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Suicidal Tendencies/ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo rounding out the lineup.

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When asked what the group recorded during these latest sessions, Spruance replied:

“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 continued:

“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.”

As to whether or not the band discussed just writing all new material rather than revisiting this early offering:

“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.”

On whether or not these sessions have paved the way for an all new album from the band:

“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‘s re-recorded version of the aforementioned demo is expected out this fall on Ipecac Recordings. If you’re curious, some of the covers Mr. Bungle played during their reunion run included:

Malfunction” (Cro-Mags)
Loss For Words” (Corrosion Of Conformity)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (Fred Rogers)
Summer Breeze” (Seals & Crofts )
Just Sit ThereCrumbsuckers)
Speak English Or Die” (Stormtroopers Of Death)
World Up My Ass” (Circle Jerks)
Fuck The USA” (The Exploited)
You Lose” (7 Seconds)
Cold War” (Siege)