Interviews

Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hütz: "Every Day, We Open Our Eyes and Let the Awesomeness Ensue"

It's not until you've heard Gogol Bordello that you realize your life was lacking loud punk rock with festive Gypsy roots.

Formed in New York City at the turn of the century, Gogol Bordello combines violins and accordions with lead singer Eugene Hütz's Eastern European lilt. It gives listeners the simultaneous urge to drink, dance, and frolic.

"I don't go onstage for some deep internal monologue or pent-up anger from teenaged angst," Hütz told New Times in a Ukrainian accent that ranged from strong to mild. "It's about having a blast."

Music has been a daily presence for Hütz since he was a fetus in the former Soviet Union. "My mom and dad had a romance straight out of high school. When my dad went to the army, my mom listened to his records. Lots of Jimi Hendrix, the Doors -- that's what I heard all the time from behind the wall called her womb."

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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