NewsWritten by Allison Gallagher on August 14, 2019
Experimental rock band Mr. Bungle will reunite to play their first live shows in nearly 20 years in February 2020, announcing dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
The band split up back in 2000 after the release of their third studio album, California, the previous year.
For the reunion shows, the band will be playing their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny in full, which is honestly a pretty badass move, and exactly the kind of way I’d imagine a Mr. Bungle reunion happening, really.
Founding members Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton and Trey Spruance will all be a part of the reunion. They’ll also be joined by guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax along with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.
“Ever since Trevor hatched The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny v.2 idea a few years back, Patton, Lombardo, he and I had each been incubating some idea of that egg,” says Spruance about the reunion.
“Lombardo called me one day and asked me to make some guitar demos so he could learn the songs. He had this generous idea to surprise the other guys with being totally ready to go with the tunes. It just so happened that I was in Eureka at the time. So, I found myself re-visiting all of those riffs in the same goddamned town and in the same goddamned house where I recorded all the original guitars on that demo 33 years earlier.”
“I remember writing riffs for this cassette in my parent’s garage, with no heat, so I recorded in a sleeping bag for analog warmth, playing a one-stringed acoustic guitar that was piped into a ghetto blaster,” says Patton about the 1986 demo.
“Thank god I had Trevor and Trey to help decipher my rotten riffs into something intelligible!”
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