Trey Spruance

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Trey Spruance
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Background information
Birth name Preston Lea Spruance III
Born (1969-08-14) August 14, 1969 (age 46)
Genres Experimental music, experimental rock, avant-garde metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, trumpet, baglama, sitar, dumbek, zither, bass guitar, pipa
Years active 1985–present
Labels Mimicry
Associated acts Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Faxed Head, Estradasphere, Faith No More, Weird Little Boy, Three Doctors Band, John Zorn, Pop-O-Pies, Mark Shafeild, Everlast, The Cucko For Cacca, Scourge, Asva, Lick it Up

Preston Lea "Trey" Spruance III (born August 14, 1969) is an American composer, producer, and musician, perhaps best known as guitarist and keyboardist with Mr. Bungle. He is also leader of the multi-genre outfit Secret Chiefs 3. Originally a guitarist and trumpeter, Spruance later began playing vintage electronic organs, saz, santur, electric sitar, tar, pipa, and various other string and percussion instruments.


Spruance was a founding member of Mr. Bungle, along with Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn. Since Mr. Bungle's dissolution in 2000, Spruance has focused more on his Secret Chiefs 3 projects, expanding the role of the group's seven sub-groups and releasing Book of Horizons, the first album of a planned trilogy. He has performed with John Zorn and Eyvind Kang. He also contributed some guitar and tubular bells to the ASVA recordings Futurists Against the Ocean and What You Don't Know Is Frontier with whom he toured the US and Europe. He, notably, also recorded with Patton for Faith No More on their 1995 album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime. He arranged the strings and one-woman choir for The Tuna Helpers' second album, I'll Have What She's Having.

As a producer[edit]

Spruance has often worked as a producer, beginning with Mr. Bungle's albums Disco Volante and California. In 2001, Spruance produced Chicago-based rock band Tub ring's first full-length album, Drake Equation. In 2004, he produced the album Death After Life for Oakland, CA death metal group Impaled, also contributing guitar solos for their songs "Resurrectionists", and "Medical Waste". Other production duties have included I'll Have What's She's Having (2004) by The Tuna Helpers and Faxed Head's Chiropractic (2001).

Record label[edit]

Spruance is the founder and webmaster of Mimicry Records, which has released albums from a variety of different bands, including Estradasphere, The Youngs, Cleric, Danubius, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Brazzaville, Matt Chamberlain, Dengue Fever, The Tuna Helpers, and Sir Millard Mulch, amongst other projects.

Playing style[edit]

Known for his technical proficiency as a guitar player, Spruance's playing style as a guitarist is influenced by many diverse genres of music, such as surf rock, death metal, film music, world music, funk, space rock, country music, progressive rock and free jazz.

Sampling and foley work also play a large role in his recordings.

In movies[edit]

The first movie score he performed was for The Anna Cabrini Chronicles (written and Directed by Tawd b. Dorenfeld), which was released in 2005. The music is similar to his work with Secret Chiefs 3 and was produced by Elk 56 and Dorenfeld.

Composition style[edit]

Spruance's diverse compositional style has been influenced by Olivier Messiaen, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, R. D. Burman, Ananda Shankar, Pythagoras of Samos,[1][2][3] Devo, Fear of God, Mercyful Fate, and many others.


Faith No More

Faxed Head

  • Uncomfortable But Free (1995)
  • Exhumed at Birth (1997)
  • Chiropractic (2001)

Mr. Bungle

Secret Chiefs 3

Weird Little Boy

With Eyvind Kang

Band membership[edit]


  1. ^ Jawsh Mullen. "The Secret Chiefs 3". Westword. 
  2. ^ "Big, Bold and Epic". Tucson Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Myspace. 

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