The band, fronted by Faith No More‘s Mike Patton and joined by original members Trevor Dunn (bass) and Trey Spruance (guitar), played a series of reunion shows in February of this year. At the time, they teased a potential return to the studio to record new music.
Now Mr. Bungle have shared what would appear to be the first taste of those sessions, a cover of ‘USA’ by Edinburgh punk legends The Exploited. The song represents the band’s first new material since their 1999 album ‘California’ – listen below.
In a statement regarding the cover, Spruance said: “Doesn’t matter what part of the political spectrum you are on, everyone at some point has said ‘Fuck the USA.'”
Greg Werckman, who co-owns Ipecac Recordings alongside Patton, said the label is donating all proceeds from Mr. Bungle’s ‘USA’ cover to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. “This is a song that resonates and speaks to the country that Ipecac calls home. Over 100,000 US citizens are dead from the pandemic,” he explained.
For 1 month we'll donate 100% of proceeds to @MusiCares, a non-profit for musicians in crisis. We grew up with the underdog attitudes of punk rock. Helped us get through our own, comparatively easy times of strife. Shout out to Wattie & The Exploited. https://t.co/kjKIQKyPAW
— MrBungle (@MrBungle) June 5, 2020
“At the same time protective masks have turned into a political football and no one has a grasp on testing.”
He added: “Racism continues to rear its ugly head. Police brutality spikes, unemployment spikes, depression spikes and ‘our’ ego driven elected officials don’t seem to care.
“We need to do a better job of looking out for each other. MusiCares looks after all of us in the music community.”