Mr. Bungle is back with their first recorded material since 1999 – a crushing cover of The Exploited's "USA." The band is donating 100% of the proceeds from the song and the accompanying limited edition t-shirt to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
"Doesn't matter what part of the political spectrum you are on, everyone at some point has said 'F**k the USA.' The closest thing we have to a universal sentiment," said guitarist Trey Spruance.
"This is a song that resonates and speaks to the country that Ipecac calls home," adds Ipecac Recordings co-owner Greg Werckman, who will also be donating the label's proceeds from the single. "Over 100,000 U.S. 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. 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."
Mr. Bungle is vocalist Mike Patton (Dead Cross, Faith No More), guitarist Trey Spruance (Faxed Head, ex-Faith No More), bassist Trevor Dunn (Fantômas, ex-Melvins), and then likely guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax) and drummer Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, ex-Slayer). The band is expected to release a re-recorded version of their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, alongside some unreleased songs and (more) covers, later this year.
Grab some "USA" merch here. Also, grab a digital copy of the song via Bandcamp if you can, since they're waiving fees today.