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While Hütz and the band have been busy with their album release, they've also recently become embroiled in a legal dispute with the band's former guitarist Oren Kaplan. It comes off as much more reflective than Gogol Bordello's previous albums.Hütz took spoke with Gimme Noise (while in traffic) about collective consciousness and his undead fans ahead of Gogol Bordello's show at the Cabooze tonight. A lot of your albums incorporate themes and sounds based on where you've been or the band's mindset at the time. It's an album about probably most anything that reflects Gogol Bordello's strive for stripping down anything that's artificial and non-authentic in human nature. Why did you choose to go in that direction this time around? You know, if people are introspective, and if people are soul searching, they sooner or later will come to the point of understanding that there's only one true identity for all of us in this world... It's not really about where you're from and who you're trying to be."My grandfather said, 'If you ain't got moustache, you ain't got self-respect."' Over borsch and vodka, Hutz elaborates on Gogol Bordello's genesis.The line-up stands at eight, including Russians, Israelis, a Chinese Scot and a solitary American, although other members have come and gone. I see it in my dreams - Oh, my God, I'm back in Ukraine!Anything is possible under the influence of Gypsy punk.
You once described music not as joy, but as catharsis.
Eyes swivelling, polka-dot shirt unbuttoned to his waist, moustache still somehow immaculate, he looks incredulous.
Musicians Eugene Hutz (L) Pamela Racine (C) of the band Gogol Bordello perform during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 27, 2008 in Indio, California.
The record doesn't have as many anthems like the boozer-friendly "Alcohol" or ridiculously catchy "Start Wearing Purple." Instead, slower, more reflective songs pepper the record with a lighter touch than Gogol Bordello's usual vibe.
That's not to say Pura Vida doesn't stay true to its hardcore roots with "Dig Deep Enough" and "Gypsy Auto Pilot." The gypsy-punk pioneer has done everything from rocking out on grungy stages to showcasing some serious acting chops in modeled after his inimitable persona.