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gogol bordello
by: fingerchimp  27 march 06
rating: rating of 4

bolshy revolutionaries
i like this. im gonna stick my neck out. it reminds me of eastern european folk music and the energy translates easily into punk. punk in attitude and delivery more than style.
the songs are very similar in composition, based as they are in an eastern european gypsy-folk tradition. minor chords and the occasional seventh abound, traditional instruments too, much of the sound comes from the accordian. vocals are delivered in a wonderfully energetic, impassioned and visceral phlegmy growl by hutz, lyrically its a picture of cold sordid poverty (gogol was a late 19th century russian novelist) and hot drunken sweatiness, anger and dissafected misanthropy (well, it is punk) all driven along with a tight rythm section. a couple of songs are sung in russian.
to be honest its one of the first decent original sounds ive heard this year and it has a sort of genuiness about it that i respect. im gutted i just missed them playing live last week in sheffield, im going to try and see them in summer if possible. i have a suspicion jo wiley has been trying to give them the kiss of death (ie. saying she likes them) but hopefully her sycophantic band-wagoneering wont do them too much damage.
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