Daily Miscellany

Gogol Bordello's 'Solidaritine' speaks to displaced people everywhere


Ukrainian punk band Gogol Bordello released their new album Solidaritine today. The track “Forces of Victory” speaks directly to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and features Ukrainian Nobel prize nominated writer Serhiy Zhadan.

With only one thing on its mind
I can’t go on, I will go on
With only one thing on it’s mind
I can’t go on, I will go on

When I was younger I thought someday that we will win
And in another country I will find my twin
Spread good music and good poetry
Joining forces of the victory

Although the album was mostly written before the invasion, tracks like the standout “Take Only What You Can Carry” speak to the universal struggle of displaced people. The band posted in the description of their video for the song, “‘Take Only What You Can Carry’ encapsulates [an] emotional message of uprooted people whose lives were destroyed by this fucked up war in Ukraine.”

In August the band played a secret show for Ukrainian soldiers. Watch an interview with lead singer Eugene Hütz discussing the album, punk rock and Gogol Bordello’s legacy. And you must watch them in a boisterous performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts in 2019.