While 2020 continues to be a shit sandwich, there has been the occasional bright spot. Case in point – the first new music form Mr. Bungle since 1999! Mr. Bungle, of course, are the experimental thrash band founded in the mid-’80s by future Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton. The quintet also feature original members Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance, and the current superstar lineup is rounded out by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies/Misfits drummer Dave Lombardo.
The “new” song is the digital charity single “U.S.A.”, a cover of long-running Scottish punks The Exploited. Buy or listen to “U.S.A.” here. Wattie Buchan’s words from 1982 seem more relevant than ever. “They keep their secrets undercover/The rich don’t bother about those that suffer/this ain’t the land of milk and honey/Cause all they want is money money money.”
The single is available on most digital platforms from Ipecac Records. Mr. Bungle will donate all proceeds to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has been set up to help those in the music community who have been negatively impacted by the current pandemic. There is also a very cool, limited edition Exploited/MB mashup shirt that will benefit the same charity.
If that’s not enough good news for you, Mr. Bungle have also announced that they’ve re-recorded their 1986 demo tape, The Raging Wrath. No release date has been announced, but we will certainly keep you updated.