Last weekend, the BBC Ukrainian Service ran an article about New York-based gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello on Saturday, Ukraine gypsy punk on world stage, as the band is currently playing gigs in the UK.
The article gives a good background on the band and its frontman, Eugene Hutz. "Gypsy punk, a term invented by Eugene himself, is a result of his diverse family roots: as a child he spent a lot of time in Transcarpathia where influences of Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia and Roma blend to form a unique cultural tradition," the BBC writes.
Hutz commented, "I've spent time looking for what I wanted to express in my music, but now, with the third album out, it's much clearer, it has crystallized - this mix of my cultural inheritance and personal experience."
The article also includes a link to hear the Gogol Bordello song "Start wearing purple."
(Photo: Eugene Hutz (r) stars with Elijah Wood in Everything is Illuminated, from www.bbc.co.uk)