Ugh. I can't stand these guys - they remind me of Matisyahu, in that, were it not for their "quirk" factor, no one would care. The whole "Oh my God! They're a bunch of crazy gypsies!" angle is what holds them up, IMO. Just like Matisyahu was hot for a minute, but cooled once people got over the whole "Hasidim toasting/rapping" thing...I just really think these guys fall into that same area of performer. Meh.
Post by spookymonster on Jun 14, 2008 16:47:18 GMT -5
I kinda agree about Matisyahu, especially after his followup album hit and I realized I'd heard it all before on his previous album. But IMHO, Gogol's got a more substance and style.... they're not just a gypsy gimmick. I'm not saying that I see a long and diverse future in their music, but I definitely see a few more years for them.
Then again, Santana's been pulling that gimmicky Electric-guitar-over-latin-melodies-and-African-rhythms thing for a while as well....
Post by NothingButGaearGrimsrud on Jun 14, 2008 16:53:36 GMT -5
I can't stand Matisyahu, but I've really been digging Gogol Bordello. I think the quirk factor definitely draws people in initially, but the music is also interesting, and they have a great sense of humor. And it appears that their concerts are a whole lot of fun!
Against Me! started off slow with that anti-war song, but it's really starting to pick up. I've never heard of them before and it's not really my thing, but they do have a better sound than alot of the new "punk rock" bands.