GOGOL BORDELLO dedicates provocative new video “Teroborona” to the civilians of Ukraine
June 10, 2022
“’Teroborona’ is a term for Civil Defense Units formed of civilians who stood up to protect Ukraine,” explains Eugene Hütz, the fiery and intensely charismatic frontman of self-proclaimed gypsy punk rock band GOGOL BORDELLO about the English translation of the title of their new song whose video is released today, June 10, 2022 via Cooking Vinyl. A provocative and humanizing video, “Teroborona” puts a very real face on the Ukrainian militia who are currently fighting against Russian invaders to their homeland. The song can be streamed/purchased here: https://GB.lnk.to/teroborona.
With scenes depicting fresh-faced civilians picking up arms and performing drills to prepare for battle, the video is an incendiary statement about Ukrainian patriotism and its widespread embrace. “Many of my artist and musician friends had to pick up arms and join Teroborona,” he continues. “This is a dedication to their courage and to the courage of all defenders. The song is rooted in Ukrainian traditional dance ‘Arkan,’ one of true Ukrainian Hutzul spirit.”
Interspliced with scenes of Gogol Bordello and featured guests The Cossacks performing the song, “Teroborona” not only offers moral support but practical support as well. All proceeds from the sale of the track will go toward the band’s Cauze campaign (https://cauze.app.link/tDUGnELegob), a modern Donor-Advised Fund that donates to Care.org’s Ukrainian Crisis Response.
Currently on tour in Europe, Gogol Bordello and especially Hütz have been on the forefront to bring more attention on the invasion of Ukraine. Bearing witness as his homeland endured the heinous barrage of a violent and deadly invasion from Russia, Eugene recently joined forces with Les Claypool of Primus to collaborate on “Zelensky: The Man With the Iron Balls,” a joint release to rally support for the Ukrainian people. The track also features Stewart Copeland, Sean Lennon, Billy Strings, and fellow Gogol bandmate Sergey Ryabtsev. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to Nova Ukraine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.
In addition, Eugene collaborated with NYC punk stalwart Jesse Malin for a cover of The Pogues’ classic “If I Should Fall From Grace With God.” Released exclusively via Bandcamp, all proceeds for that single will benefit the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, which “supports the development of democracy, a free-market economy and human rights in Ukraine, and the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Ukraine.”