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- Posted on May 10th 2010 7:50AM by Johnny Dee
RATM guitarist Tom Morello is a huge fan of the gypsy-punk band and was responsible for introducing producer Rick Rubin to them. He texted the Def Jam co-founder from a gig proclaiming them "the greatest band in the world" and accompanying Rubin to several US shows.
Rubin went on to sign Gogol Bordello to his American Recordings label and produced their new album 'Trans-Continental Hustle.' Speaking to BBC 6 Music this week, Hütz claims the album is a a great step up from anything they have done in the past.
"This one is definitely altogether a work of a different calibre," he said.
He admitted that working with Rubin, who is best known for his work with Johnny Cash and Metallica as well as hip-hop icons like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, brought a great deal of pressure.
"It's his job to push you to your psychological edge," he said. "Sometimes it would be just, 'Man, this is done, the melody is pumping, and the whole thing is sizzling.' Sometimes it would be like 'Why don't we write two or three more choruses,' and, 'I can see some writing issues.'"
With Hütz's now relocated to Brazil, the band's fifth album is inspired by South American street music and Hütz's life in Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo. "It's not samba -- that's for tourists, that's not what we're doing," Hütz said. "It's all about the flavour, it's about the essence. It is a tremendous goldmine of music to get inspired by. For non-Brazilian people it will still be adventurous music, trans-continental rock 'n' roll by Gogol Bordello."
Gogol Bordello are currently on tour in the UK ahead their date supporting RATM.