Live Review // Gogol Bordello, And So I Watch You From Afar
It’s always a big event when Gogol Bordello roll into town. The transatlantic folk punks – whose membership is derived from seven different countries, centering on New York City, with mainman Eugene Hutz hailing from Ukraine – tend to skip these shores on their rare trips across the pond. One performance at Oxegen (in 2007) aside, they made their first real impression last year opening for Rage Against The Machine.
On this occasion, Gogol arrived a couple of days before St Patrick’s Day (a rescheduled date, having cancelled in November as a result of the French baggage handlers’ dispute) and got right into the festive spirit with an epic two-hour set that tested the patience of the curfew commissars backstage but delighted a crowd that fell surprisingly short of capacity, despite the late addition of And So I Watch You From Afar to the bill.
The crowd was relatively sparse for the Antrim instrumental rockers, but a substantial pocket of the band’s travelling fans had already commandeered the right-hand side of the pit and led the on-stage banter between songs. The Belfast-based band have had a massive year, taking in tours of the United States (in support of Japanese post-hardcore geniuses Envy) and eastern Europe, and have become air-tight as a result.
Read the full review at State.ie.