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Gogol Bordello at Academy 1
Kelly Murray (gig: 30/03/08)
At first glance, Gogol Bordello are a bit like dancing into that bit in your favourite cartoon where the all the best songs burst out of the screen in a musical circus of colour. On second glance, it is all of those things but far darker.
Opening with 'Ultimate', the audience were instantly hypnotised by the infectious rhythms of these self-proclaimed gypsy punks, largely due to the fact that this is real; not a gimmick or a tribute, but the real thing. It’s fast, it’s passionate and it has a message of unity.
With Ukrainian wine-swigging front man Eugene Hutz moving like a mystical imp, the band teased us with fine tunes and frenetic antics, and there was to be no slowing down as they played the massive crowd pleaser, 'Wonderlust King'.
As '60 Revolutions' began relentlessly thumped its way into the assembled eardrums, the crowd mirrored the stage antics of dancers Pamela Racine and Elizabeth Sun, moving like possessed bundles of energy.
Amidst such mayhem, there were outings for the ever popular 'Start Wearing Purple', 'American Wedding' and 'Harem in Tuscany' from last year’s excellent 'Super Taranta' album.
The thrill of it all could have inspired any onlooker to start making their own clothes, playing the fiddle and talking with a fake accent under an even faker moustache, but the truth is such things would be pointless.
After all, Gogol Bordello are so good and so real, you wouldn’t even come close.
last updated: 31/03/2008 at 15:29
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