After reuniting for three US shows in February, Bay Area legends Mr. Bungle have just dropped a cover of The Exploited's 1982 protest anthem 'USA' (with proceeds raised for COVID-19 relief), their first new song since 1999.
Mr. Bungle's current incarnation features original members Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton and Trey Spruance, with Scott Ian (Anthrax, S.O.D) and Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies).
"[It] doesn't matter what part of the political spectrum you are on, everyone at some point has said 'f... the USA'. The closest thing we have to a universal sentiment," Spruance says.
All proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help those within the music community who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
"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 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.
"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."