Gogol Bordello have revealed the album artwork for their sixth studio album, Pura Vida Conspiracy due for release 22nd July on ATO/Casa Gogol Records. The new album marks Gogol Bordello's first release since 2010's critically acclaimed Trans-Continental Hustle. Produced by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta) and recorded in El Paso, Texas, Pura Vida Conspiracy is made up of 12 surging new songs.
Last week the band shared a stream of their first single, "Malandrino", and are now offering it up for
The album's title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for "pure life," which is a theme that resonates throughout the new material. The disc's opener, "We Rise Again," introduces the album's limitless, all-embracing themes instantly, centered on a chorus of "Borders are scars on face of the planet." The new songs are infused with ideas rooted in Eastern philosophy but also search for a means of joining fragmented parts and persons, and of creating a worldwide consciousness.
"For me music is a way to explore human potential," Hutz says. "And that's my main interest in life - human potential. Everyone knows there's something inside of us that we're not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it? Every single person knows that there's something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I'm gonna get down and get it."
Gogol Bordello has spent the last decade getting down with that energy through their meteoric live shows and has earned a solid reputation as "the hottest global touring act to come out of New York (Billboard)" and "the world's most riotous live band (Rolling Stone)." Their wildly energetic live shows are celebrated by fans worldwide and have brought them to nearly every corner of the globe and to the main stage of festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Rock am Ring, Reading and Leeds to name just a few.
Gogol Bordello will return to the UK to play Download Festival on 14th June.