MR. BUNGLE Unveil "Eracist" Live Video From The Night They Came Home
June 10, 2021, a week ago
Mr. Bungle, whose Halloween 2020 streaming special, The Night They Came Home, captured the Northern California-born band performing songs from their freshly released album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage, surprise cameos and a few unexpected covers, release the nearly two-hour film on June 11 via Ipecac Recordings.
As an advance preview, Mr. Bungle has issued the live video of "Eracist", which can be seen below. Speaking to Emily Carter of Kerrang about The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo track, bassist Trevor Dunn explains, "'Eracist is a unique song in the Raging Wrath book. There was no initial demo, only a ‘moshy’ riff that [Mike] Patton had come up with in the ’80s, that somehow Trey [Spruance] 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 and 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 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.
Watch the "Bungle Grind" and "Loss Of Control" videos below, and pre-order The Night They Came Home here.
The Night They Came Home tracklisting:
"Won’t You Be My Neighbor" (Fred Rogers cover)
"Anarchy Up Your Anus"
"Raping Your Mind"
"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" (Corrosion Of Conformity cover)
"Loss Of Control" (Van Halen cover)
"Bungle Grind" video:
"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, Calif., 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.
Mr. Bungle have also confirmed their first live outing of 2021, performing at Riot Fest (Chicago) in September. The festival marks the first time Mike Patton has performed on the same bill with both Mr. Bungle and Faith No More, and marks the band’s first tour date since the Fall album release.
(Photo - Buzz Osborne)