Mr. Bungle re-recording debut release
Mon, March 23, 2020 11:40 AM PT3,550 views
Nearly 35 years after its release, Mr. Bungle are re-recording their 1986 demo release, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny. A month ago the band revealed they were in the studio, but neglected to offer any specifics. However, the group has now confirmed that they're re-recording the demo along with several cover tracks and potentially other previously un-recorded songs. Notably, both drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Scott Ian will appear on the release (the pair performed with the band during their recent reunion shows). You can read a thorough report on the matter at Revolver, which includes this explanation from guitarist Trey Spruance regarding the band's 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."