Gogol Bordello keep being essential, if in a tragic way. The NYC group of refugees from around the world had long advocated for immigrants even as the world’s receptions got frostier, and now they have Putin’s army invading Ukraine, the home of frontman Eugene Hütz (QRO interview). Thus, the urgent new SOLIDARITINE.
From the semi-titular
opener “Shot of Solidaritine” on, the new album is a call to action, fueled by
anger that such action is needed – yet also a party, as Gogol Bordello have
long managed to balance both aspects in their music. Yes, there are catchy
kiss-offs such as “Focus Coin” and “I’m Coming Out”, but also a mixture of
celebration and warning in “The Era of the End of Eras” and “Fire On Ice Floe”.
Hütz sings a rock ode to “My Imaginary Son”, but there is also the active
refugee run for safety on “Take Only What You Can Carry”.
Like how 2017’s Seekers and Finders (QRO review) never mentioned the likes of the last U.S. President or U.K. Prime Minister, SOLIDARITINE doesn’t mention the current Russian leader, but instead goes for the more personal, bringing both the tragedy and the ecstasy to the listener.