Gogol Bordello: Our Beloved Troubadours
“Troubadours are coming, Troubadours are here, their word is fire, their sound is a spear...”
You want to dance?
You want to party?
You want to rock?
Are you a punk at heart, nomadic at soul?
Well, Tunage has just the band for you that will satisfy your animalistic fix.
Introducing Gogol Bordello, a gypsy punk band that will blow you away. This band of misfits include all the instruments you need to get you to jig, head bang, and dance in circles like a loon all at once: vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and percussion, violin, bass, and my personal favorite, accordion. They’re nothing like you’ve ever heard and trust me; you’ll want to run off to an adventure when listening to one of their tunes. The mad collection of chants, Ukrainian choruses, accelerating tempo, lovely energy, and a rugged lead vocalist to put you in the proper Gypsy mood is all just a small taste of what this band has to offer.
Born in 1999 and led by fearless leader, Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello mainly influenced by Gypsy music (Eastern European music that is usually highly instrumental), but has also experimented with punk and even dub in some albums. So, what is Gogol Bordello? It’s not just a cool sounding Gypsy name. ‘Gogol’ was a name adopted from a much-loved writer for Ukrainian and Russian literature. As for ‘Bordello’, this is a translation from Italian meaning brothel. Now, that you’ve gotten your short history lesson from Tunage Magazine, you can run home and tell your mom and dad that punk rock actually holds enriching educational value. Huzzah!
Hey, we’re not finished with you yet. We’ve got some great music to show you. Eugene and his crew have released up to nine albums, giving you the chance to fill your ears with Gypsy Punk to your heart’s content. The latest album release in 2011 was titled “МОЯ ЦЫГАНИАДА” (50 points to the reader who can translate that one) which is sadly not available to the United States. Still, their best songs can be found in Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005), Super Taranta! (2007), and their latest U.S. release; Trans-Continental Hustle (2010). When Gogol Bordello isn’t recording great tunes to dance to, the band had the phenomenal stamina to go on long tours across the globe. If they’re ever in your hometown, I would highly suggest paying them a visit. Their amazing fan following has grown over the years for their energetic and festive performances. Don’t believe me? Check out this footage…
A particular song that has become a fan favorite is “Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground” from the album, Multi Kontra Cultic vs. Irony (2002) which has been found to be a great road tripping song, thanks to the film, Wrist Cutters: A Love Story. So next time you’re taking that two hour trip in L.A. vehicle congestion, this tune will definitely save you from the insanity from being stuck in traffic for too long. Your bum hurts, your arms are tired, your foot is mad at you… it’s not a fun feeling. Partying with Gogol Bordello, now that my friends is a fun-tastic feeling (insert round of applause for the poetic choice of vocabulary).
Gogol Bordello has definitely become a huge part of my “Zombie Apocalypse List” (it’s a list that if there ever was a zombie apocalypse, these bands would serve perfectly as a soundtrack to my new life as I escapade in my new nomadic life killing merciless zombies). This list includes but is not limited to the following Gogol Bordello songs that I know you’ll love: “Pala Tute”, “Dogs Were Barking”, “Wonderlust King”, “Rebellious Love” (If you’re in the middle of saving the love of your life from a rabid zombie attack), and “Sally”.
Now go forth my friends! Discover the wonderful world of Gogol Bordello and hold them close to your punk rocker heart.
Official Site: http://www.gogolbordello.com/Written by Deanna Trombley- Tunage
Bristol To Memory
The Meaning of Music
Hear ye, hear ye! Another brilliant discovery! Gather around to hear the tale of Bristol To Memory. I had the pleasure of seeing this band perform live recently, and needless to say; I was pleasantly impressed with them.
Bristol To Memory is an alternative Pop-Punk band that hails from the wonderful world of Los Angeles. They have adopted influential sounds that tend to remind me of The Lumineers, Say Anything, and Fall Out Boy. I know what you’re thinking: What? Is that even possible? Yes my friends, yes it is. One of my personal favorites, “Marty McDy” from their latest EP, Don’t Hold Your Breath starts off with a nostalgic clean electric guitar riff before kicking into an upbeat tune that has the same spunk as Fall Out Boy, primarily because of the singing style of the lead vocals.
One of the best feelings in the world has got to be that perfect random discovery of an awesome band when you’re just going along about your day. I stumbled upon Lemuria in the most unlikely way: browsing through EBay for first edition copies of my favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald books. Now, the correlation between Lemuria and Fitzgerald is simply an awesome T-Shirt design they’ve created in the past. So, with my curiosity peaked, I looked this band up, and I found pure gold.
Lemuria is an indie punk rock band trio, based out of Buffalo, New York. Alex Kerns takes the role of the drummer and shares vocals with guitarist, Sheena Ozzella, and Max Gregor plays the bass. These guys have been bringing sweet tunes to the ears of the public since 2004. Their influences include Superchunk, Lemonheads, Sebadoh, Thin Lizzy, and Wipers.
The March Ahead
You have to admit, one of the greatest perks in being a loyal fan to a certain band or musician is seeing the brilliant side projects that the artists work on, and speaking of side projects, The March Ahead is one of the best collaborative side projects that I’ve come across.
We Are All Going To Die - The March Ahead
The March Ahead is a two-person band comprised of Johnny Franck (Attack Attack!) and Mike Caswell (K Sera). This beautiful collaboration was brought together by their “mutual love for the Fleet Foxes and Starcraft 2”. If that’s not glorious teamwork, I don’t know what is. With the blending of Johnny Franck’s hardcore punk style and Mike’s theatrical progressive background, The March Ahead is a fresh sound that fans absolutely love.
So far, they’ve released a self titled EP and a B-Sides for listeners to enjoy. Their work was produced completely by both Johnny and Mike’s loving fan base. They had their own kick starter project and reached their goal, and because of that, they returned the favor with exceeding our expectations and anticipations. This project was a great testament to show what the loyalty and love for music can accomplish and that sometimes the best music is directly funded by the people who want to listen to the work.
The March Ahead project wasn’t a one-time deal. As of know, there’s anticipation for new music from these guys. They also have stayed in touch with fans through their Facebook page
. I highly recommend for you to check them out. If you’re already a fan, or are one of those hopeless romantics that have fallen head over heels in love instantly, you can pre-order their first t-shirt design ever
- TunageWritten by Deanna Trombley
The Sound of MuteMath.
Electrify - Armistice
The super villains are getting away; it’s the last stand as your going after them to conquer all evil and to win the heart of the love of your life. To save the world you’d need a proper band to listen to, so as you pull out your iPod, I’ll tell you what a proper band would be: MuteMath.
MuteMath consists the incredible sounds of the vocals and keys by Paul Meany, the bass and the guitar of Roy Mitchell, and the drums of Darren King. They have what I’d like to think is a modern twist on the integrated sounds and elements of psychedelia, electronica, and even some gospel (Paul Meany’s vocals). They’ve recently taken the music world by storm with their album release of Odd Soul.
You can hear a large spectrum of influences in their music, which helps shape it to this spectacularly shaped form, which is what makes MuteMath. It’s as if you took some Led Zeppelin from the Hard Rock genre with some Jimi Hendrix in the Psychedelic era, and threw them into the Tardis to time travel in the future to blend them with modern ambiance of electronica. What makes them even more unique; they’re based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. They’ve developed their sound the same way any master of music would: through experimentation. MuteMath seriously boldly goes to this territory, proving that random can be brilliant. If there’s ever an angry old man sitting on a porch saying “These whipper snappers these days wouldn’t know good music if it hit them in the face!” Hit him with some MuteMath (figuratively, not literally). They’ve got some great sounds from the older days of rock and roll, and their style satisfies the thirst for that sound.
The Dear Hunter. You may have heard of them, you may not, either way, prepare to fall in love (if you haven't already).
The Bitter Suite 1 & 2: Meeting Ms. Leading / Through the Dime - Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dear Hunter is a progressive rock band that consists of two people: Casey Crescenzo, singer/songwriter/ producer/multi-instrumentalist and drummer Nick Crescenzo. They’ve released one EP, two full length albums that tell a story in three acts (Act I: The Lake South, the River North, Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading, and Act III: Life and Death) where you go through an emotional journey with The Dear Hunter where the songs pull you into fascination, heart break, and angst. If there was any advice I could give you in life, it’s this. Go listen to all of the acts in order; it becomes a story, and a story you can to relate to at that. Everyone has ’Ms. Leading’ in his or her lives. And one of the most memorable moments I got from this album if being able to hear this song live, being in a crowd of people that chanted “Oh my God, what have I done?!” with Casey as he sang Red Hands, gradually yelling “I was pulling out my heart so I could pin it to my sleeve, on display for you to see, I’m on display”. The moment became so raw simply because everyone knew the emotion Casey was putting out there, cause we’ve felt that feeling. It’s a treat, and speaking of treats, he even went on a cross-country trip doing “living room performances” for fan club members along the way.
They’ve also released a collection of 9 EPs called The Color Spectrum which consists of 36 brilliant songs in the colors black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, and white, in which Casey Crescenzo creates a unique mood and sound for each color, this turns out perfectly because those moods and sounds match the color you'd likely think of in that emotion. So if you want a wall to punch, listen to the Red songs, if it's one of those days that you feel like you're on top of the world, listen to the Yellow songs. That’s the most interesting part of this collection; The Dear Hunter paints those colors with the sounds they make, the sense of ambience makes you see the color Blue, the scratching and digital sounds in the Black songs gives an edge. Because let's face it, when an artist makes a painting, he uses the colors to express the emotions of the painting, the blues in Van Gogh's Starry Night are what makes the scene calm, compelling, and dreamy. That's the same feeling you'd get get from the Blue songs. This is the type of band that has a song for everything, which essentially means you can run into their arms in any moment of your life that you’ll need them. They also treat the music they produce as artwork, there’s not one song that they’ve written that will sound too much like another. If there’s one thing that Casey had proven to his listeners, is that he’s not afraid to experiment with the sounds to develop the complex concepts he has in mind.
Things That Hide Away - The Color Spectrum (Green)
Most recently, they covered a song originally by Anthony Green titled "Get Yours"
for the Beautiful Things Tour in early 2012, and Casey is currently working on producing K Será’s
first full-length album; expect that collaborative work to be face melting. And if you’re really itching to see them live (which I’d highly recommend) they’ll be at the Coachella Festival this year for you lucky beasts that managed to get tickets. Otherwise, they’ve got tour dates on their Facebook page right here
Enjoy, and keep strumming those heartstrings.-TunageWritten by Deanna Trombley