Gogol Bordello performs live in The Current studios

Gogol Bordello performs "My Gypsy Auto Pilot" live in 89.3 The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
Gogol Bordello - Amen
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  • Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Auto Pilot 03:44
  • Gogol Bordello - Lost Innocent World 04:13
  • Gogol Bordello live in The Current studios 27:17

Gypsy-punk rockers Gogol Bordello live up to their name. Not only do the internationally influenced eight-member band come from all over the world (Ukraine, Russia, Ecuador), but they also tour across the globe eight months of the year. We were lucky enough for their itinerary to include a stop in The Current studios.

"Gypsy-punk" may not always be considered politically correct, but in the group's interview with host Mark Wheat, Gogol Bordello founder and frontman Eugene Hutz explains that the term accurately describes the band's background and sound.

Hutz was one of the few born into the rock 'n' roll lifestyle in his culture. His father was the guitarist of Meridian, one of Ukraine's first rock bands, and he was surrounded by The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix records (plus violinist Sergey Ryabtsev sported a Slayer t-shirt for the session) from his infancy. Hutz was even fortunate enough to meet one of his biggest influences, Joe Strummer of The Clash, shortly before he passed in 2002.

Hutz may have been influenced by rockers of the past, but it's the international band roster and their worldwide travels (Hutz has been living in Brazil as of late) that have molded the gypsy-punk rockers' sound.

Songs performed

"My Gypsy Auto Pilot"
"Lost Innocent World"

All tracks off the latest album Pura Vida Conspiracy, out now on ATO.

Engineered by Michael DeMark
Produced by Derrick Stevens

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    Euguen Hutz and company of Gogol Bordello sound checking in The Current studios (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Gogol Bordello frontman and founder Eugene Hutz (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Gogol Bordello performing live in The Current studios (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Gogol Bordello drummer Oliver Charles (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Gogol Bordello violinist Sergey Ryabtsev (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Gogol Bordello accordionist Pasha Newmerzginsky (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Elizabeth Sun of Gogol Bordello (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Eugene Hutz sound checking in The Current studios (MPR / Nate Ryan)