Gogol Bordello announce details for new album “Trans-Continental Hustle”

Music News | Mar 1st, 2010

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Trans-Continental Hustle, the avidly-awaited fifth studio album from rebel rockers Gogol Bordello, will be released on American Recordings on April 27th. Produced by Rick Rubin, Trans-Continental Hustle is an extraordinary 13-song powerhouse that continues the band’s cultural crusade to unite and celebrate unending originality against all odds. Fans will have an opportunity to hear new material in a rare return to their original stomping grounds at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on March 9th in a benefit concert for Haiti Relief. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

On Trans-Continental Hustle Gogol Bordello bring us to a new exotic destination, Brazil, where frontman and visionary Eugene Hutz took up residence two years ago. Trans-Continental Hustle is heavily informed by Hutz’s experiences living in a country rich with diversity.

On Trans-Continental Hustle, Hutz’s experience-driven-Gonzo-mania is transformed into a seeker of harmony and understanding. Songs on Trans-Continental Hustle bring the listener straight into the heart of the situation whether it be joining forces with gypsies of Brazil as on “Uma Menina Uma Cigana,” melancholy strike in the midst of carnival near death experiences as on “Sun on My Side” or themes of transcontinental love devastations. As one of today’s most revered live bands with over 200 shows a year, Hutz’s intense personal life appears on the album like a second plot, or Transcontinental Love hustle, running parallel to endless travel through continents.

Produced by Rick Rubin, Trans-Continental Hustle is the next powerful step in the band’s evolution. Rubin brings Eugene’s songwriting skills to focus and also lets the band speak to its authenticity with deeper melodic qualities. “Rick inspired us to focus on the very soul entity of the song,” says Hutz on working with Rubin for the first time. “He inspires confidence to always do your best and mature work.”

Gogol Bordello also introduces a driving rhythm section on songs such as “Raise The Knowledge” and “Last One Goes The Hope” with the arrival of drummer Oliver Charles, Ethiopian bassist Thomas Gobena (Bill Laswell) and Latino American percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia. Gogol Bordello’s stellar line-up also includes Sergey Rjabtzev on violin, Yuri Lemeshev on accordion, Oren Kaplan on guitar, dancer/percussionists Elizabeth Sun and Pamela Jintana Racine as well as our fearless leader Eugene Hutz on vocals, guitar and percussion.

Trans-Continental Hustle is the first Gogol Bordello studio album since 2007’s SUPER TARANTA! which inspired the rarest of accolades, an “A+” from Robert Christgau, who called them “the world’s most visionary band.” Gogol Bordello’s radical invocations of positive primal energy and planetary consciousness combine with a music infused with ska, metal, punk, rap, dub and, more recently, intimations of indigenous Brazilian sounds to produce a party maelstrom of electrifying proportions.

For more information on Gogol Bordello visit www.gogolbordello.com

The tracklisting:

1. Pala Tute
2. My Companjera
3. Sun Is on My Side
4. Rebellious Love
5. We Comin’ Rougher (Immigraniada)
6. When Universes Collide
7. Uma Menina Uma Cigana
8. Raise The Knowledge
9. Last One Goes The Hope
10. To Rise Above
11. In The Meantime In Pernambuco
12. Break The Spell
13. Trans-Continental Hustle

See the band live:

Tues Mar, 9 New York, NY Filmore New York @ Irving Plaza
Sun Mar, 28 Fremantle, AUS West Roots Blues
Tue Mar, 30 Melbourne, AUS Billboard
Wed Mar, 31 Sydney, AUS The Metro
Fri Apr, 2 Brisbane, AUS The HiFi
Sun Apr, 4 Byron Bay, AUS Byron Bay Blues Fest
Mon Apr, 5 Byron Bay, AUS Byron Bay Blues Fest

Casa Gogol North America tour:

Sun Apr, 18 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Tue Apr, 20 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
Wed Apr, 21 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
Fri Apr, 23 Chicago, IL Congress
Sat Apr, 24 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
Sun Apr, 25 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
Wed Apr, 28 Boston, MA House of Blues
Thu Apr, 29 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Fri Apr, 30 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Sat May, 1 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

European Dates:

Fri May, 7 London, UK Hammersmith Apolo #
Sat May, 8 Manchester, UK Academy
Sun May, 9 Glasgow, UK Academy
Mon May, 10 Norwich, UK UEA
Tue May, 11 Birmingham, UK Academy
Fri May, 14 Bulligny/Nancy, FR JDM Fest
Sat May, 15 Longirod, CH Longirock
Sun May, 16 Karlsruhe, GER Tollhaus
Tue May, 18 Paris, FR Elysee Montmartre
Wed May, 19 Toulouse, FR Le Bikini
Fri May, 21 Madrid, SP La Riviera**
Sat May, 22 Barcelona, SP Razzmatazz**
Mon May, 24 Bologna, IT Estragoon
Tue May, 25 Milan, IT Alcatraz
Wed May, 26 Zurich, CH Xtra
Thu May, 27 Wien, AT Gasometer **
Tue Jun, 1 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso **
Wed Jun, 2 Hamburg, GER Docks **
Thu Jun, 3 Berlin, GER Astra/Columbia Halle **
Fri Jun, 4 Nuremburg, GER Rock im Park
Sun Jun, 6 Nurburgring, GER Rock am Ring


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