Alternative metal stalwarts Mr Bungle have broken their 21-year recording silence by releasing a cover of The Exploited’s “USA.”
The rendition of the Scottish punks’ uncompromising ’80s song is Mr Bungle’s first recorded release since 1999. Proceeds from the cover, released on Ipecac Recordings, will go to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund until the Fourth of July.
“Doesn’t matter what part of the political spectrum you are on, everyone at some point has said ‘Fuck the USA.’ [It’s] the closest thing we have to a universal sentiment,” Mr Bungle member Trey Spruance said in a press release.
“This is a song that resonates and speaks to the country that Ipecac calls home,” Ipecac Recordings co-owner Greg Werckman said. “Over 100,000 US citizens are dead from the pandemic. At the same time protective masks have turned into a political football and no one has a grasp on testing… we need to do a better job of looking out for each other. MusiCares looks after all of us in the music community.” Mr Bungle have also printed a shirt, available only on July 4 from their store, to further raise funds for MusiCares.
The current iteration of Mr Bungle includes founding members Spruance, Trevor Dunn and Mike Patton, as well as Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo (formerly of Slayer). The group ended a nearly 20-year hiatus earlier this year with a US tour, where they played their 1986 demo album The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny in its entirety.
Per Revolver, Mr Bungle are working on re-recording the album for Ipecac alongside a list of covers from the recent tour and demo tracks. The new recordings are expected in fall this year.
While you wait for more info on new Mr Bungle material, stream their cover of “USA” here: