The problem is that Mr. Bungle mastered the whacky, throw-every-genre-into-a-blender approach years ago, and bands attempting to copy them are still doing their best to catch up. Whether or not Iwrestledabearonce even know who Mr. Bungle is, they are still far behind.
Throughout It’s All Happening, the abrupt genre shifts don’t make sense, and they don’t work. Presumably they’re trying to be funny, but in “Tastes Like Kevin Bacon,” for instance, the shifting between ’80s synth pop to generic deathcore breakdowns, sometimes interspersed with cartoon noises, is simply pathetic. If it’s supposed to be a joke, it’s just not funny. If it’s supposed to keep you on your toes…well, it’s actually quite predictable.
And this is precisely what the problem is. When they shift gears between styles, rather than transitioning smoothly, it’s drastic and nonsensical.
The album’s title couldn’t be any more apt. Yes, it certainly is all happening in terms of genre bouncing. It’s just terrible. A poor man’s Mr. Bungle….a very poor man’s Mr. Bungle.
(released June 2, 2009 on Century Media Records)