This is a band that should be seen up close, in a bar, “toked up” and “throwin’ down” a pint or two or three …
Gogol Bordello is a multi-ethnic Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of New York City that formed in 1999 and is known for its theatrical stage shows. Much of the band’s sound is inspired by Gypsy music, as its core members are immigrants from Eastern Europe. The band incorporates minor-key accordion and fiddle (and on some albums, saxophone) mixed with cabaret, punk, and dub as well as multiple languages.
Phill Jupitus has once described the band as “a bit like The Clash and The Pogues having a fight… in Eastern Europe,” while Kenneth Partridge of The Hartford Courant described lead singer Eugene Hütz’s voice as “somewhere between that of Borat and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”.
Update: July 27, 2009 Gypsies passing through
Update: November 10, 2011: Gogol Bordello performs for Occupy Burlington
Gogol Bordello – “60 Revolutions”