Gypsy Punk Band Stops in Hollywood After Coachella Triumph
Pictured ( L-R) in Ocean Way’s famed Studio B are Oliver Charles, drummer; Pedro Erazo, percussion; Wesley Seidman, assistant engineer; Yuri Lemeshev, accordion; Eugene HÃ¼tz, lead vocals/guitar; Thomas Gobena, bass; Sergey Ryabtsev, violin; Andrew Scheps, recording engineer; Michael Ward, guitar. Photo by David Goggin.
The day after their triumphant appearance at the Coachella Festival, Gogol Bordello spent a day at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. In 2010, the band made its major record label debut with “Trans-Continental Hustle” on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings, a subsidiary of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
Friend and fan Tom Morello had suggested that Rubin check out the band, whose rollicking bonfire-like live performances have become legendary, featuring a veritable rock and roll army of musicians and dancers. Band members
and audiences alike are driven to frenzy by the charismatic Hutz, a skinny, exhortative figure who combines Joe Strummer’s politicized fervor with Mick Jagger’s elastic-limbed sex appeal.
While putting out several critically acclaimed “Gypsy Punks” and “Super Taranta!” albums, the band has traversed the globe, building a substantial world-wide fan base via gigs and festival appearances throughout Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East, along with stops in Australia, Western Europe and in their adopted U.S. homeland. Front-man and lyricist Eugene Hutz spins out scenarios that are, by turns, hilarious and heartbreaking — from the outsider experience of gypsies in his native Ukraine to the struggles and celebrations of Brazil’s favelas.