Picture this. It’s roughly lunchtime on the Friday of the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, and the crowd in front of the Pyramid Stage look visibly concerned as the torrential rain lashes down upon them. Less than half an hour later, that very same crowd is brought to life by the gypsy-punk carnival that is Gogol Bordello; hollering along to every word, waving their umbrellas, and dancing as much as the cement-like mud will allow. It’s arguably one of – if not the – highlight of the festival.
‘Super Taranta‘, the band’s new album, sees them refining their sound in suitably chaotic style. Songs like ‘Wonderlust King‘ and ‘Supertheory Of Supereverything‘ are a volatile hybrid of folk rhythms, traditional gypsy instrumentation and gritty punk rock vigour that could easily provide the soundtrack to the best party ever. Not to say that Gogol Bordello are all about mindless hedonism though; as evidenced on the tale of a human trafficked girl that is ‘Zina Marina’.
However, as good as ‘Super Taranta‘ is, the songs will sound even better as part of the Gogol Bordello live experience. Expect the unexpected when Eugene Hutz and co return to the UK for some more shows in December:
Sat 8th – London Hammersmith Apollo
Mon 10th – Brighton Dome
Tue 11th – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Thu 13th – Glasgow ABC
Fri 14th – Norwich UEA
Sat 15th – Nottingham Rock City
Sun 16th – Manchester University
Tue 18th – Sheffield Leadmill
The band will also play the Reading and Leeds festivals on August 24th and 25th respectively…don’t miss them.