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Mr. Bungle

Formed: 1985
From: Eureka, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Mr. Bungle News

Below is our complete Mr. Bungle news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Umläut Announces Album Release Party

Bär McKinnon, former sax player from San Francisco’s seminal Mr. Bungle, is primed and ready to bring his specific brand of cartoonish, pop inspired tunes to the world with his new Melbourne-based outfit: Umlaut.

Featuring the radio single, Atlas Face, co-written and performed by former Mr. Bungle front man and music heavyweight Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, Peeping Tom, Tomahawk), Umlaut’s debut selt-titled album is whimsical, eccentric, dark and nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Umlaut launches their debut album on Sunday, June 7 at the East Brunswick club with support from The Barons of Tang and An Easier Question. Entry price is $15. The album will also be available through AmpHead Music in Australia, and The Orchard internationally.

You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.

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Asva Announces Berlin Show, Posts MP3 Online

Epic doomsters Asva will be kicking off the new year with a one-off show at the Maria in Berlin, Germany on January 28th. This is a rare opportunity to see the group charging through highlights from their recent album, "What You Don't Know Is Frontier."

Asva contains members of Sunn O))), Faith No More, Burning Witch, Mr Bungle and Goatsnake.

You can download an MP3 of Asva's song "A Trap For Judges" off their latest album.

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Mike Patton Talks To SuicideGirls On Film Score

SuicideGirls.com has interviewed Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Crudo, etc.) in San Francisco to get all the details on his film score debut, "A Perfect Place." You can watch the video and read the complete feature on SuicideGirls.com. More...

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Tour Dates For Mike Patton's New Band Crudo Posted

Ipecac Records has announced that Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc.) has started yet another new project. The band, also featuring Dan The Automator, is called Crudo- Here's what Ipecac had to say:

"...wanted to let you know that there is a new Patton project that is about to show it's face. Yeah, another one. Seems that Mike and Dan the Automator have been cooking up some music and after a little marinating are about to reveal........ Crudo. Not much is known about Crudo, but we know this, they will be playing the super cool music festival, Sasquatch, at the end of May in the state of Washington at the Gorge."

The "Sasquatch! Music Festival" will take place at The Gorge in Seattle, WA on May 24 - 26th. Patton has also lined up some European tours, he will hit the road with Fennesz for the following stops:
February 27th Oslo, NOR - Rockefeller
February 28th Sofia, BUL - Universiada Hall
February 29th Warsaw, POL - Proxima
March 01st Zaandam, NET - de Kade

In addition, he will also team up with Zu for the following dates:
March 02nd Geneva, SWI - Usine
March 03rd Rome, ITA - Circolo degli Artisti
March 04th Turin, ITA - Ossigeno
March 06th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli
March 07th Verona, ITA - Interzona

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Mike Patton Lends Vocals To I Am Legend

Mike Patton (ex-FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE and currently of PEEPING TOM, FANTOMAS and MONDO CANE amongst others) steps into the world of film with I Am Legend and A Perfect Place.

Patton's shape-shifting vocals will be heard in movie theaters across the country this month as he lends his voice to the dreaded creatures in I Am Legend, the post-apocalyptic film set for release on December 14th.

Next up is Patton’s debut as a film composer with the film noir short, A Perfect Place. The 20-plus minute film also marks the directorial debut of Derrick Scocchera, one of the founders of Fantoma Films, best known for their catalog of rare, cult films reissued on DVD. The score creatively reflects the style and tone of the film, which focuses on a pair of bumbling friends trying to dispose of a body. The film, shot in anamorphic black and white, will be packaged as a double-disc with the score and distributed together via Ipecac Recordings in March of 2008.

While Patton’s film work is relatively new, he’s previously appeared in 2005's award-winning independent film Firecracker and has already provided vocals to several video games including The Darkness and The Portal. 2008 finds him as the lead in the video game Bionic Commando and contributing vocal effects to Left 4 Dead.

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Just For Fun

Spinner Rates Top 20 "Worst Band Fueds"

Spinner is running a top 20 of "Worst Band Fueds," of which hard rock and metal bands make several appearances including:

Marilyn Manson vs. My Chemical Romance (18)
Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Mr. Bungle (15)
Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam (14)
Dwarves vs. QOTSA (13)
Metallica vs. Megadeth (4)

Of course the list is topped primarily by rappers, but I don't recall when individual rappers constituted a "band."

Read the full article at Spinner.com.

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More Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Tour Dates

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM will be co-headlining a tour with San Francisco’s SECRET CHIEFS 3 this spring in North America. The tour with SECRET CHIEFS 3, which features former Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance, will hit several U.S and Canadian cities and the headliner with change each night. The band is also making their first trek to Europe in April as well.

About touring Europe, drummer Matthias Bossi says, "It is with great pleasure that we (bonny) louts announce our intention to tour Europe, wearing only hats. The European standard of ........ far exceeds that of America. Therefore it is with great glee that we embark on our first ever international rock and roll road show. We are louts!"

The band are currently recording parts of their as yet untitled first full-length for THE END RECORDS at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco, California with engineer/producer Joel Hamilton (The Book of Knots, Sparklehorse, Elvis Costello, Frank Black, Unsane, Battle of Mice, Dub Trio) The album is scheduled to surface sometime in early 2007.

The band recently reissued their 2001 album Grand Opening And Closing! on THE END RECORDS. The reissue, released in digipak format, has also been expanded with two unreleased songs and a live bonus song recorded by the band’s new line-up.

The confirmed tour dates are listed below: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announce Album, Seek Member

Cattle Decapitation are currently seeking a new drummer, if interested go to the following link: http://www.smnnews.com/board/showthread.php?t=114401. Also, the band has posted the following update:

"Cattle Decapitation is happy to announce "Karma.Bloody.Karma." as the title of the next record. NO, there is not any religious significance of the title. NO, the name does not imply that we're "crazy vegans" trying to push our lifestyle onto people (as a lot of gabbing internet idiots like to pigeonhole us as). It is simply about the "greatest natural disaster of all time," humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet. This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we've ever done lyrically, and musically you can expect, what one of our friends has said perfectly about it, a very "schitzophrenic" release! Imagine the Caninus split material, just longer in every way. Features guest appearances by Joey Karam(The Locust) and John Wiese(Sunn 0)), Bastard Noise). Produced by Billy Anderson(Swans, Mr. Bungle Melvins). Available June/July 2006!

Here's the goddamn track list:
1. Intro
2. Unintelligent Design
3. Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)
4. One Thousand Times Decapitation
5. The Carcass Derrick
6. Total Gore
7. Bereavement
8. Suspended In Coprolite
9. Alone At The Landfill
10. Karma.Bloody.Karma.
11. The New Dawn
12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence"

"We have a new addition to Cattle Decapitation. A new second guitar player by the name of Kevin "Fetus" Bernier of L.A.’s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records. He's been an amazing friend of ours since the beginning and we're very excited to start playing live with him. We'll try our hardest to have him ready for the Necrophagist tour!"

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Headline News

Mr. Bungle Is Officially Done

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, vocalist Mike Patton confirmed the demise of Mr. Bungle, who haven't released an album in five years. Here's what Patton had to say:

"I'm at a point now where I crave healthy musical environments, where there is a genuine exchange of ideas without repressed envy or resentment, and where people in the band want to be there regardless of what public accolades may come their way. Unfortunately, Mr. Bungle was not one of those places... We could have probably squeezed out a couple more records but the collective personality of this group became so dysfunctional. This band was poisoned by one person's petty jealousy and insecurity, and it led us to a slow, unnatural death. And I'm at peace with that, because I know I tried all I could."

Patton will continue with his myriad projects, including Peeping Tom, Fantomas, and Tomahawk, in addition to running his record label, Ipecac Recordings.

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