Gogol Bordello @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Immigrant Eugene Hutz is the manic mastermind and marketer of Gogol Bordello, which bills itself as “Gypsy Punk Revolution.” Hutz even dresses the part, wearing circus-like black and white striped pants belted with multi colored ties. Bare chested, he spat out lyrics in his Ukrainian-accented English, pulling most of the material from Gogol Bordello’s 2007 release, Super Taranta!Hutz’ raucous wails, frenzied moves and snarling vocals kept the show moving and the adrenaline pumping throughout the frantic 90-minute set.
Gogol Bordello is to be seen and heard, between its mix of fiddles and
accordions, an MC/rapper from
“Wanderlust King” turned up the volume, sending bodies jumping and fists pumping, while the autocratic politics of “Tribal Connection” rained down on the hot, sweaty crowd up front. Gogol Bordello filled every moment of their set with noise and movement, even with its first encore song, a post bar time, slurred ballad aptly titled “Alcohol.”
But what would the gypsy punk revolution be without a little Balkan folk music thrown in?Enter the second encore number, “Super Taranta!” It’s tradition immersed in punk, the song beckoned the masses to dance along with the multi-ethnic mess. It was pure Gogol Bordello.