When Eugene Hütz was 14, he had to leave his native Ukraine because of the explosion of two reactors at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant. Nowadays, Hütz is the leader of a Gipsy punk band, formed by two Russians, an accordionist and a violinist (Sergey Ryabtsev, Yuri Lemeshev), a bassist and a guitarist from Israel (Oren Kaplan, Thomas Gobena), a percussionist from Ecuador (Pedro Erazo) and three percussionists from USA. Gogol Bordello is a multicultural band that mixes cabaret music, punk, hip hop, reggae and Gipsy rythms. Regarding this, Hütz said in an interview to Mondo sonoro.com:
I never think about ‘musical styles’, I just think about music and use elements of any genre. It’s like the gipsy punk genre, is not a style of music, is a label to help the critics who always need to classify things.
This band, based in New York, was named after the Russian-Ukrainian writer Nikolái Gogol. Its most singular feature is the unexpected burstings of strong parts with battery in the middle of melodic passages with guitar. Rolling Stone magazine put them in the 'best 20 bands alive' list, where they got the 15th place.