Mr. Bungle has released their live performance of “Eracist” in anticipation of their release of their Halloween Livestream concert properly called The Night They Came Home that took place last year amid the pandemic. The set took place at the Eureka Main Library in the band’s hometown of Eureka, CA and saw them perform tracks off of their re-recorded “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo” as well as some covers, including Van Halen’s “Loss of Control.”
In an interview with Kerrang!, the band’s bassist Trevor Dunn spoke about “Eracist.” “‘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.”
He continued to say “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.” Check out the performance below.
The band is also set to play Chicago’s Riot Fest this fall alongside Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkin, Devo, Pixies and Run the Jewels to name a few.