Gogol Bordello plays 'musical Tetris' in Studio Q

Gogol Bordello visit Studio Q for a performance and interview (CBC)


The worldly New York-based collective Gogol Bordello has been making genre-defying music for more than a decade. Their sound has often been referred to as "gypsy punk," but it's just something you have to hear to understand.

The eccentric group returned with their sixth studio album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, earlier this summer and stopped by Studio Q to perform "Lost Innocent World" from that record, as well as an older favourite "My Companjera."

Frontman Eugene Hutz also took some time to chat with guest host Kevin Sylvester about the band's sonic evolution over the last decade, how he's been trying to seek true happiness and why the international make-up of the band is "musical Tetris" rather than a conscious assembly of differences.

"It's easy to fall in love with cultures," Hutz says, going on to describe cultures as "beautiful masks" that are just hiding similar human beings beneath them.

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