Daily Dose: Gogol Bordello, "Walking on the Burning Coal"

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Daily Dose: Gogol Bordello, "Walking on the Burning Coal"

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It’s a well-known struggle for bands lauded for their live shows to distinguish themselves on tape. For Gogol Bordello, the Gypsy punk/Latin rock/folk fusion band who has haunted the Lower East Side since before the Lower East Side got cool in the early-aughts, their raucous, amped-up performances sold me before I ever thoughtfully listened to their recorded music.

Seven albums in, Gogol Bordello doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and the band is preparing for the release of Seekers and Finders at the end of this month. Singer and bombastic frontman Eugene Hütz (also of Everything is Illuminated acting fame) bounced between Latin America and Eastern Europe while writing the album and as a result, seems to take a more introspective approach, lyrically. While the vocals take prominence on second single, “Walking on the Burning Coal,” the layer of fiddles and accordions and percussion bubbles beneath Hütz, but never quite bursts. By reigning in that frenetic energy, Gogol Bordello manages to accomplish two seemingly impossible tasks: They effectively translate their live sound to a studio recording and they continue to infuse international, multi-cultural music into the confines of contemporary rock—a trait that’s even more admirable and necessary in music today.

Seekers and Finders is scheduled for release on August 25 via Cooking Vinyl. Listen to “Walking on Burning Coal” and check out the band’s tour schedule below.

August
26 – Port Chester, N.Y. @ Capitol Theatre (Record Release Show)

September
9 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Beach Ball
16 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riot Fest
18 – Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ Rapids Theater
20 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
21 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
22 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
23 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
25 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theatre
26 – Royal Oak, Mich. @ Royal Oak Theatre
27 – Grand Rapids, Mich @ The Intersection
29 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s
30 – Madison, Wis. @ Breese Stevens Field

October
2 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall
3 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport
4 – Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
6 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls
7 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
8 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
19 – Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theater
20 – Pensacola, Fl. @ Vinyl Music Hall
21 – New Orleans, La. @ Joy Theater
23 – San Antonio, Texas @ Aztec Theater
24 – Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey
25 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
27 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wooley’s
28 – Lincoln, Neb.@ Bourbon Theatre
30 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue

November
1 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
2 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works

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