What’s up, UK? We’re playing at Download festival later today, but if you can’t be there we’ll be back this winter to bring you the Pura Vida message in full.
8th Dec: Norwich – Nick Rayns LCR
9th Dec: Bristol – O2 Academy
11th Dec: Leeds – O2 Academy
13th Dec: London – Brixton Academy
14th Dec: Manchester – Academy
15th Dec: Glasgow – O2 Academy
Tix on sale Friday!
We’ve just posted a ton of new tour dates in the US and Canada… and to celebrate this epic trek, we’re giving away our new song MALANDRINO totally free! Click here to claim your own MP3. Get ready to sing along with us at a show near you…
Ladies and Gentlemen, this news edition will be educational for all u long standing fans of GB.
Our beloved and heroic accordionist Yuri Lemeshev, whose unique and incredibly surrealistic way of playing had brought so much to the evolution of GB, for many years has been planning a tribute album for his favourite composer, Alfred Schnittke. Yuri is planning to work on it with one of GB’s favourite producers, and perhaps welcome some guest spots by GB members and many more.
This is going to be a massive project for him and require some time off the road. That is why for the time being he will be replaced by a hand-picked Belarusian accordionist named Pasha Newmerzhitsky, who also currently moved to New York city.
Even though there are number of accordionists ready to rock in GB, Yuri and GB were only satisfied with Pasha taking his place. After spending several months playing with Pasha and watching him rehearse with the band, and yes, drinking too… Yuri gave his confirmation: “This motherfucka is worthy, all right.”
Pasha had a tough cross-examination, but his impeccable virtuosity in combination with “total freeroaming raspizdjaiski” spirit according to Hutz, won him both the band’s and Yuri’s recognition.
It is undecided when Yuri’s solo album production will start. But one thing’s for sure: on stage, Gogol Bordello every time will have at least one badass accordion player since, as Hutz reports, “accordion remains, and forever will be, my favourite melodic instrument.”
Certified GB historian, Axolotl Jo
In preparation for the July 23rd release of our latest epic, Pura Vida Conspiracy, we are sharing just a sample of what’s to come with our global family. Click here to listen to Malandrino right now… Party!
This month tastemaker Hutz gives the UK’s Songlines mag a little playlist, featuring: fresh from Ukraine, Kozak System; sexy Kapelle Bollberg, produced by David Bourgnion, a drummer of Manu Chao and Radio Bemba; and his favorite “Brazilian Drama King” Seu Jorge doing a Kraftwerk cover. You can pick up the magazine now throughout the UK, or order a copy at their website.
Attention, familia: after some weeks away from the stage, we’re rested and ready to come back even rougher than before! Our 2013 global bonanza begins in less than two weeks with a couple of shows in Portugal, followed by some time with our lesser-visited friends in the USA. We’ll be straight back to Europe in June and July (with another flying visit State-side after), before finishing up in Brasil.
Sounds amazing, right? Why don’t you come join us…
The musical backbone of GB, our drummer Oliver Charles, has launched his own website this week! Oliver’s going to be blogging from the road and studio, so click on the RSS feed to keep up with what’s going down. He also supports Autism awareness, and has set up an Amazon.com store where 10% of the proceeds go directly to Autism Speaks in Los Angeles.
You can also follow Mr. Charles by liking his Facebook fan page. Thanks to Fil Manley for putting these two great sites together!
We collaborated with Goran Bregovic for his new album, Champagne For Gypsies. You can watch our song. Be That Man, by clicking here – pass it on!
It seems like forever since we last paid a visit to our Cali Family, so we decided to stop by on the biggest night of the year: NEW YEAR’S EVE!
We’re playing the Sea of Dreams festival in gorgeous San Francisco, and tickets are going fast. What are you waiting for?!
After a short, post-summer break, we’re heading back on the road in November and December for a bunch of special shows.
We’ve been away from our fans in South and Central America for far too long, so we’re hitting Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile next month. It’s our first time in Paraguay and Colombia – give us a warm fucking welcome, yo!
After that, we’ll be seeing out the year with a few shows on the west coast. One date is still to be announced, so keep your eyes on our Facebook for updates. Two shows in Vancouver are going on sale TODAY – the pre-sale code you need is ‘tickets’, so pass it on to anyone you know in BC.
Tour dates are here.
See you there!