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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."

His family managed to emigrate to America, where music continued to play a vital role in his life. "Music helped me survive in the Ukraine. Then when I came to America, I was driven by sharing music. The absence of any English knowledge didn't prevent me from having conversations with my peers. I could have conversations just using the names of bands. I knew what a door was."

It is that Door, Jim Morrison, whose Dionysian spirit is personified when Gogol Bordello takes the stage. It reminds listeners, like Jim did, that tonight might be all we have. Playing a two-night run at Culture Room on March 11 and 12, Hütz promised both nights will have entirely different sets. "We decide seven minutes before we go onstage what the songs will be. Every morning when you wake up, you're in a slightly different mood than any other time you've opened your eyes. Same with a band. Every day, we open our eyes and let the awesomeness ensue."

On its website, the band has its mission statement handwritten on loose-leaf paper. It says: "With acts of music, theatre, chaos, and sorcery Gogol Bordello confronts the jaded." The two-page treatise was written for the band's performance at the Whitney Biennial and disappeared behind a couch in the band's storage space for years. Hütz recently uncrumpled it and posted it online as a reminder of the band's goals.

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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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