We all need Gogol Bordello’s uplifting and politically conscious punk inferno in our lives.
Since the end of the 90’s, Gogol Bordello has shaken up their audiences with kaleidoscopic soundscapes in which they combine Eastern, Western, and Latin traditions.
The multicultural collective with Ukrainian singer and guitarist Eugene Hutz in front hails from New York, and besides from Hutz consists of Sergey Ryabtsev (violin), Pedro Erazo (vocal and percussion), Boris Pelekh (guitar), Ashely Tobias (vocal), Korey Kingston (drums), and Gil Alexandre (bass). It’s not hard to imagine the explosion of sound it makes when all these brilliant musicians join forces!
There’s a certain joy in their sound and yet the music has always been about perseverance, Hutz has previously explained.
The group consists of people who have endured immigrant traumas and dislocation, and Hutz himself was only 13 years old, when he experienced his first evacuation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Now, another tragedy takes place in his homeland of Ukraine and the fact that their latest record Solidaritine from last year was finished before the invasion does not make the record any less relevant today. It’s about staying upbeat about the problems around us and about elevating above the things that weigh us down.
That’s the kind of message we all need and what better way to get it than through Gogol Bordello’s high-energy performance at Tinderbox!