INDIO, CA - APRIL 27: Musician Eugene Hutz of the band Gogol Bordello performs during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 27, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dirty rumors plague Eugene Hütz wherever he goes.
Take one rumored shower in vodka before a show and all of a sudden the stories just grow. For the record it was Cachaca, better known as Brazilian rum.
"I prefer that," Hütz says.
And he also prefers to keep it real. Gogol Bordello has developed quite a following over the years, partly for the mustachioed Hütz's notoriously wild partying ways, but also because of the completely unique sounds of the band.
That's why trying to attach adjectives to the sound that Gogol Bordello is putting out, would be like trying to pigeon hole the group as an adult version of "We Are the World" come to life.
"We really ain’t tryin’ nothing," Hütz recently told Synthesis about the bands diverse make up. "I think every artist that’s being authentic will simply express what they’re feeling inside. Our only difference is that we’re comprised from different cultures. We have different backgrounds but our thinking is very unified."
Gypsy is the best way to describe them, even though Hütz may be the only official member of the often misunderstood and stereotyped Romani people.
Regardless their music is mostly upbeat, fast paced and hard not to tap your toes. Even if you don't know the words, Hütz works in choruses that make listeners bellow at the top of their lungs.
And the band's shows are a completely other story. The combination has won the band rave reviews, fans across the globe, invites to the world's largest festivals and a die hard following wherever they go.
Thursday, Gogol Bordello returns to the Bay Area with a performance at the recently renovated Fox Theater.