Since releasing their critically acclaimed album Super Taranta! back in 2007 gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello have under gone a transition of sorts.
Shifting labels to join Rick Rubin's American Recordings, the New Yorkers claim that their latest instalment, Trans-Continental Hustle is a step on from anything they've done in the past.
"This one is definitely altogether a work of a different calibre," frontman Eugene Hütz told 6 Music. Under the watchful eye of the legendary Rubin, who in the past has worked with the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC, Eugene admitted there was immense amounts of pressure on them, "it is his job to push you to your psychological edge," he said.
The Def Jam co-founder first discovered the group when Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello texted him from a show to exclaim that Gogol Bordello was the "greatest band in the world."
"Tom brought Rick several times to our shows, I think it was his third show that I finally met him backstage, that was a big moment for all of us."
In this their fifth album Hutz has relocated to Brazil, inspired by the sounds of flamenco, ska and samba, "It is a tremendous goldmine of music to get inspired by," Hütz explains.
"For non Brazilian people it will still be adventurous music, trans-continental Rock 'N' Roll by Gogol Bordello."
Gogol Bordello will be supporting Rage Against the Machine at their free gig at Finsbury Park in London on 6 June.
They will also be peforming at the following places:
8 May Manchester Academy
9 May Carling Academy Glasgow
10 May UEA Norfolk
11 May Birmingham City Students Union
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