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Gogol Bordello

Combining elements of punk, Gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret, Gogol Bordello tell the story of New York's immigrant diaspora through debauchery, humor, and surreal costumes. Leader and singer Eugene Hütz's taste in music was spun out of black market tapes of the Birthday Party and Einstürzande Neubauten in his native Ukraine. After being evacuated to western Ukraine in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, Hütz became enamored of the mystical, outsider qualities of Gypsy music. Living as a refugee in Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Italy before moving to the United States in 1993, he experienced life as an outsider himself. After arriving in New York, he teamed up with guitarist Vlad Solofar and squeezebox player Sasha Kazatchkoff. American Eliot Fergusen added a strong rock sound on the drums and the band was also augmented by Sergey Rjabtzev on fiddle, a former theater director from Moscow whose past experience would prove helpful in the future in crafting Gogol Bordello's bizarre stage shows (like one that tells the story of superpowered immigrant Ukrainian vampires).

The group's early gigs involved playing straight Gypsy music at Russian weddings, but their music soon evolved into the hyper-kinetic explosions that earned them a solid following among New York's downtown hipsters. The band issued a single in 1999 entitled When the Trickster Comes A-Pokin', quickly followed by their debut full-length, Voi-La Intruder, which was produced by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos. Solofar and Kazatchkoff were replaced by accordionist Yuri Lemeshev, who hails from the Russian island of Sakhalin, and two Israelis, guitarist Oren Kaplan and saxophonist Ori Kaplan, who despite their similar names aren't related. Hütz helped bolster the band's popularity by becoming somewhat of a celebrity in the downtown scene, in part fueled by his Thursday night DJ gigs at Bulgarian club/restaurant/bar Mehanata, where he played Ukrainian, Gypsy, rai, and flamenco music for a crowd of artists, models, Ukrainians, Russians, Gypsies, and Bulgarians with tendencies toward exuberant dancing and smashing plates.

In the spring of 2002, Gogol Bordello embarked on a European tour and performed as part of the Whitney Biennial, bringing their music to a whole new audience. Voi-La Intruder came out around that same time, followed that fall by another album, Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony. The East Infection EP came out in March 2005 before Gogol Bordello made their Side One Dummy debut that August with the aptly titled Gypsy Punks. By this point, though the band's cast no longer included Ori Kaplan, it did boast bassist Rea Mochiach and dancers/percussionists Pam Racine and Elizabeth Sun. Aside from leading the band, Hütz also lent his hand to acting when he was cast as Alex in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated (based on the critically acclaimed book) after Gogol Bordello attracted the attention of the film's producer.

The bandmembers soon got to work on their next album, however, switching to bass player Tommy Gobena and utilizing the talents of producer Victor Van Vugt to help them craft their fourth full-length, Super Taranta! Wildly praised by critics, who pasted the album all over their year-end lists, Super Taranta! (as well as the band's increasingly physical live shows) made them indie rock heroes. Live from Axis Mundi was released in 2009, followed by the group's Rick Rubin-produced fifth studio offering, Trans-Continental Hustle, for Sony in 2010. Gogol Bordello signed with Dave Matthews' ATO in 2012, and issued Pura Vida Conspiracy, their debut offering for the label, in the summer of 2013. ~ Stacia Proefrock, Rovi
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I'm a newcomer to this band but I'm digging the hell out of it.
Thank god for nuclear fallout, or there may never have been Gogol Bordello.
I like it
The best of the best, thank you!!!!
hawkchief890 4
Lyrics? Or can you hire me to research and enter lyrics?
amye45
Sergey!
just heard today for the first time and its awesome.
Favorite band EVER!! Met them, and Elijah Wood (because he is dating Pam, part of the group)....mo s t energetic, and lively show Ive ever been to! Always wearing purple!!
This is awesome
The most identifiable voice in this universe!!!! ! :-D
been a fan for years and years. they never disapoint!
I like Gogol Bordello and I also think that they rock too!
WHY? WATCH WRIST CUTTERS, BESIDES TOM WAITS APPEARING IN IT, AND GOGOL BORDELLO'S 10 SECOND APPEARANCE.. . T H E MOVIE SUCKED, THE SOUNDTRACK IS GOOD AND ALL GOGOL, ALSO DID YOU KNOW THAT EUGENE REJECTED THE PART IN IT?
IT'S FUNNY HOW THEY STILL USED HIS FIRST NAME FOR ONE OF THE ACTORS
SO JUST KILL YOURSELF...1 - 2 - 3 - O i
they look like a bunch of hobos but their music is amazing!
Everyone who likes Gogol should watch the movie Wrist-cutter s !
Woah. Somebody book these guys with The Red Elvises. Fantastic.
Must see live. Saw them at the Newport Folk Festival and they rocked the Fort! Look forward to seeing them tonight in Providence, RI. =: o
Saw them at summer camp great show
tonecontrera s 2
Seen them once in the rain and the hail and never wanted it to end. may 18 2011
Saw them twice. The first time I got to hang out with them and met Elijah Wood because for those who dont know he is Pam Racine's boyfriend (I think still not sure). This was about 7 years ago. I have been to many shows in my life and they are by far the best performers I have ever seen. The energy is non stop. I became friends with Yuri Lemeshev and just lost contact over the years. When my son was 2-3 yrs old he HAD to go to bed to a Gogol Bordello CD. So in love with them
i never want to be young again
fist saw these guys at bonnaroo in 08(while trippin balls) in a jam band with les claypool, kurt hammett, and others, best show i ever saw! watch their show next day been hooked ever since.
We NEED a new album!
These guys rock. Just recently found out about their music.
Party!
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
Everything Is Illuminated is an awesome movie and Hutz is amazingly watchable in it. He's a natural performer.

-Arvis
my very favorite- seen them three times, best live show around!
BREAK THE SPELL!!!
DROP THE CHARGES!!!!
Start Wearing Purple!
supertheory of everything is a great song
b_padilla
Immigrant Punk ahhhhhhhh
The best!!!! thank you !!!
I love Supertheory Of Supereveryth i n g
One of my favorite bands.
By far one of the greatest bands ever!!!
bonaroo 2011 best show ever
Bonnarroo 2008!!! Best show Ever
Love Gogol!!!!!!! ! !
wow, this is really good music
its not like anything i've heard before, a whole new flavor.
The best in the whole world!!!!!!!
Been to one of their shows after listening to them for about a year. Dear lord. It was my first show and by far the best. Nothing can beat it.
(as for simmilar bands: Kulture Shock is sorta similar)
kamalkaze
anyone recommend a similar band? I love the folk/punk sound!
ineverlook
lets get rodicallllll l l l
jeanjacque3
saw them on Lark Street in Albany for the first time in 2008. outrageous!
Dont listen to them for too long... youll know when you have...
These guys rocked it with System of a Down in Albuquerque.
kica93
Amazing show last night at the House of Blues in Dallas. The energy was amazing. I can't wait for the next show.
Great show last night in Dallas at the House of Blues! Come back and play for us again!!
Yup saw them live in Portland with friends / girlfriend.
Music was amazing, the sound system sucked though,
and the crowd was terrible !
Honestly I don't know that I'd go to another live show,
People were rude, drunk loud and provoking conflicts with
us ( or other random people ) This was half an hour before
the show started...
I watched one Guy, who'd been acting crazy at us; ejected
bodily from the building !
Basically, if you like the music you'll love their sound
live. But I'd keep a
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