Rolling Stone have reported that odd-ball rockers, MR. BUNGLE, are officially over due to an “unhealthy” musical environment. Singer Mike Patton (ex-FAITH NO MORE) produced the following explaination for their demise:
“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.”
The band, rounded out by guitarist Trey Spruance, bassist Trevor Dunn, saxophonist Clinton “Bar” McKinnon, and drummer Danny Heifetz, were previously suggested to have come to an unofficial end when Patton was quoted in May of 2003 saying, “I think it is over. The guys are spread all over the world and we don’t talk to each other. I have not spoken to a couple of the guys since the last tour, years ago.”