Mr. Bungle have released “The Night They Came Home” (Ipecac Recordings), their NorCal band’s first live album. The 14-song album, accompanied by a physical-only film release, captures the band’s Halloween 2020 livestream event, and features the new live video for “Eracist”. Watch it below.
“‘Eracist’ is a unique song in the Raging Wrath book,” explains Trevor Dunn. “There was no initial demo, only a ‘moshy’ riff that Patton had come up with in the ’80s that Trey somehow remembered. Once that was unearthed Patton completed the tune with a double-time bridge and some lyrics about erasure and denial. It seems to me that it somehow feels contemporary while fitting in with our teenage songwriting style. I guess that’s because it was written over a span of 35 years! You may notice that it’s one of the only songs on the ‘demo’ that actually has a vocal melody. Back in the ’80s we were mostly thinking about drums & guitar, which of course, is really all that metal is about.”
“The Night They Came Home”, which was directed by Jack Bennett, is available as a CD, Blu-ray, CD + DVD, VHS and digitally. The CD portion features remastered audio, while the film features MR. BUNGLE‘s performance, Neil Hamburger‘s opening set, three official music videos (“Raping Your Mind”, “Eracist”, and “Sudden Death“), as well as extended behind-the-scenes footage. The VHS release, limited to 1000 collectible copies, is an edited, performance-only portion of the film.
“The Night They Came Home” track listing:
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Fred Rogers cover)
- Anarchy Up Your Anus
- Raping Your Mind
- Bungle Grind
- Hell Awaits/Summer Breeze (SLAYER/SEALS & CROFT medley/cover)
- World Up My Ass (CIRCLE JERKS cover)
- Glutton For Punishment
- Hypocrites/Habla Español O Muere (S.O.D. cover)
- Spreading The Thighs Of Death
- Loss For Words
- Sudden Death
- Loss Of Control (VAN HALEN cover)
MR. BUNGLE was formed in an impoverished lumber and fishing town by a trio of curious, volatile teenagers. Trey Spruance, Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn beget the amorphous “band” in 1985 up in Humboldt County, California, sifting through a variety of members until around 1989 when they settled on a lineup that managed to get signed to Warner Bros. Records. No one really knows how this happened and it remains a complete mystery that even the algorithms of the Internet can’t decode. Up until 2000, they released three albums (“Mr. Bungle” in 1991, “Disco Volante” in 1995 and “California” in 1999), toured a good portion of the Western hemisphere and avoided any sort of critical acclaim. Some argue that the band subsequently broke up but there is also no proof of this. What is true is that they took 20 years off from performing under said moniker while they pursued various other musics that, in contrast, paid the rent.