Hamline University Newspaper Issue December 1995

Hamline University Newspaper Issue December 1995


Blabbering with Mr. Bungle

Steve Svoboda: Theo, this is the first stop on the tour, right?
Theobald Lengyel: Yeah, this is our first gig, yeah...
SS: Okay, so...
TL: We just drove through fucking hell to get here.
SS: Really?
TL: Three days of driving solid, yeah...
Ryan Olson: So, how did the group get together?
TL: Well, it really started back in '86, I guess when we were in high school. And it was originally sort of just a thrash metal band, I guess. But then these guys asked me to play some horn parts on some sort of goof shitthat they were doing, they weren't really very serious about that at the time. But then, like, we worked more horn shit into it, sort of became a more central part, i guess, or more important part of it, and then went away from death metal a lot towards more, I don't know, varied kind of shit.
SS: I've heard that all of you guys have done a lot of side project stuff and...
TL: Uh, most people have, yeah. I haven't really done too much. I've been in school mostly [Theo graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in physics last spring]. I've done some playing around, but nothing very serious. But yeah, Trey is in all sorts of side groups, and Mike, of course, is in Faith No More, and Trevor plays with the Graham Conner Sextet, which is sort of jazz...
RO: Does he play with Masada, too?
TL: Masada? Yeah. Yeah, yeah. He does that sometimes as well. Hey what's up?

(Guitar player Trey Spruance walks in on us and briefly talks to Theo about saving samples to hard drives, etc. Meanwhile, Danny Heifetz and "Fat Will" start sound checking drums and other stuff on stage making it really hard to hear.)

TL: Okay, so...
SS: It's loud in here.

(Theo says something unitelligible)

TL: Let's go outside or something.
SS: Yeah...must hide from noise.

[Instead of going outside, Theo finds a hidden office near the back of First Ave. It's still loud in there, but at least we can hear each other]

TL: Let's go in here.
SS: With Disco Volante, which was just released, how has the band kind of progressed to what it's at right now?
TL: Uh, well, it's been basically through nonexistence. It's really been sort of seperated and people just working on their own... projects, I guess, or songs, I mean projects for this group... just sort of on their own a lot during that time, and then we got together a year and a half ago or so and started playing some riffs, putting tunes together...
RO: So you guys bring an idea of how the songs should go, then you guys put it together or is it like...
TL: Well, somebody has sort of, somebody has an idea of like a whole thing that they're doing so it's a song from beginning to end basically, usually, or you know, a good chunk of it, and then if someone has something else that fits in with it or whatever, you know, just put it together and then things run until it seems like they're working the way you want 'em to.

SS: So how much work have you done with John Zorn, who i know produced the first...
TL: Well, Zorn, produced our first one, and actually I wasn't there very much for that. I was in New Mexico by that time already, so I just came in and did my shit for that, basically, and took off again. We actually asked him(I hear secondhand anyway)to produce Volante, but he sort of laughed and said "You guys don't need a fucking producer, man, you can just do it yourself." So, yeah, we just produced ourselves this time. Which is probably good advice. And it's nice to have a third ear or another ear in there sometimes, but...

RO: That turned out just amazing. Just for example, how did "The Bends" come out? Did somebody actually write that whole thing out or is it...
TL: Um, that's sort of, I think that's sort of Mike's idea, I don't know really, you know? It comes out of somebody's head and it's hard to tell what goes on in there to get it. That's the way it works, you know.

Next week we'll continue our interview with Theo, talking about the Disco Volante album, Warner Brothers, videos, and Mike Patton's stage antics. Don't change that channel.


Thanks to Chad Iverson
Source: Chad Iverson
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