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Gogol Bordello Launches New Label With Benefit Single for Ukraine

Bernard Sumner of New Order, Joy Division is featured on the cover of Angelic Upstarts’ “Solidarity”

Gogol Bordello‘s Eugene Hütz is launching his new label, Casa Gogol Records, with a single benefitting Ukraine. Hütz recruited Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) for a cover of Angelic Upstarts’ “Solidarity.”

The pair’s take on the punk song comes in two forms, remixed by each artist respectively. Both Gogol Bordello’s “Unity” mix and Sumner’s “Right to Freedom” mix match their distinct genre disciplines, with the latter turning the track into a new wave dream.

“This is a particularly meaningful collaboration for us,” Hütz shared in a statement. “To do this tribute with one of the most masterful and brilliant pioneers, Bernard Sumner, is truly epic and timely.”

Casa Gogol also announced the label’s first two signees. First up will be a debut EP by NYC punk girl duo Puzzled Panther, due out in 2024. The band is fleshed out with Hütz and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase. Their next single, “Smoke & Mirrors We Broke,” is out this Friday. Singer-songwriter Grace Begere will also release new music on the imprint as well.

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“As different as Puzzled Panther and Grace Bergere are, they have the right kind of newness and right kind of oldness about them,” Hütz said in a release about his first two signees. “They arrived into this world as poets with a singular vision and superb knack for melodism. To me they are the new New York, which has a lot more in common with that magical old New York we know, and none of that bullshit in the middle.”

Gogol Bordello will wrap up this year playing a string of shows at Brooklyn Bowl venues in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

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