By Molly F. McGill 

Stealing a moment from Gogol Bordello’s frontman Eugene Hütz as the band continues their current world tour.


D: If you could re-brand what people are classifying your music as, what would you call it?

EH: Astro-projectional homeosonic transformational new rage.

D: There is such a diverse group of performers in the band, hailing from such places as Ukraine, Russia, Ethiopia, Belarus… how the heck did you all find each other, and why is having that global mix important?

EH: The answer is New York City. I came there in 1998 with a bag of songs that were spirited with a lot of worldwide influence and it called for diverse musicians. Music leads the way.

D: The new album is titled Pura Vida Conspiracy. “Pure Life” Conspiracy? Is there a back-story to the name?

EH: Well, it’s kind of a mockery of (the) fact that people (are) running around looking for purity and happiness… while it’s literally under their nose. So that simplicity and awesomeness of life is like a conspiracy to them.

D: In recent interviews you talk about being an outsider, but embracing the term as being a “true citizen of the world.” What do you mean by it?

EH: It’s exactly that: Just take from life all it has to offer and stay true to your path.

D: What makes Pura Vida Conspiracy a standout album in the evolution of Gogol Bordello?

EH: It’s more of an album composed by the band, (in a) sense, as opposed to other (albums) where it was me as singer/songwriter backed by the band. It’s more of a group creation.

D: What’s the zaniest, weirdest thing that’s ever happened on tour?

EH: Just recently, in San Francisco, a person told me they experienced clinical death, during which he thought, “Hey, I’ve already bought tickets to see Gogol Bordello.”
So he came back to life
to see the show!

D: What can concert-goers expect of the upcoming State Theatre show on
July 24?

EH: An opportunity for everybody to be who they truly are… because we don’t just tear the roof off, we destroy social status and oppression feelings.


July 24
Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m.

State Theatre, 142 High St.
Portland, ME

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Cost: $25 advance / $30 day of show