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Gogol Bordello


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New York, United States (1999 – present)

Combining elements of , music, and Brechtian , Gogol Bordello tells 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 The Birthday Party and Einstürzende 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 Sergei Riabtsev 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 which tells the story of super-powered 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 amongst New York’s downtown hipsters. The band issued a single in 1999 entitled gogol bordello, 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 were not related.


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  • al_solaris

    да хрен они теперь приедут после этой возни с украиной..

    27 Feb 7:30am Reply
  • Elizabbeth

    кам ту раша, едрит мадрид!

    20 Feb 5:50pm Reply
  • al_solaris

    лучшие.. билет тоже завалялся в а2, так бабло и не вернули и не приехали :((

    13 Feb 8:30am Reply
  • Daria_Silas

    крутые ребята)) узнала про них, посмотрев фильм "Everything Is Illuminated"

    28 Jan 8:36pm Reply
  • KocMoc-KiT

    яким мудаком треба бути щоб їх НЕ любити ))))

    8 Jan 7:01pm Reply
  • Libkos

    Ребята, когда в Украину?

    5 Jan 7:28am Reply
  • sweet_n

    да уж изрядно билет завалялся на мартовский концерт в А2, который отменили

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • D_Denis

    как насчёт транссибириан тура?)

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • happyRobanukah

    вас в спб пиздецки заждались

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    в рааааашку заскочите!

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Max_Naprimer1

    Юра, выручай! И Юра выручил :3

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    В Россию не собираются приехать?

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
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    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Suomirocker

    Ленинград в похожих? ХАХАХАХАХАХАХАХАХАХА!

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nechaev-misha

    Сидел нога болтал, работать не хотел!!

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • yarik_karo4

    А я просто маленький медведик, сел на велосипедик и всё нахуй проебал

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    What a band. Like Musikantenstadl on acid.

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JordanNeo

    Gogol Bordello put on an amazing, high-energy show at TURF in Toronto earlier this summer. I took pics, wrote words and got sprayed down with wine:

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • D1MA16

    самый лучший панк коллектив

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • marciocouto

    Gogol Bordello makes me remember the Mamonas Assassinas from Brazil!

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
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