Robot gypsy music
August 27, 2008
Thanks to Alison for introducing me to The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band..
They sound like … well, …
Here, have a listen:
Their blurb is worth a read too.
Hailing from the slums and ghettos of Auckland (the Prague of the South), The Benka Boradovsky Bordello band is a highly theatrical musical group specialising in music of Eastern European, Gypsy and Jewish flavour, along with some Western European influences.
With music ranging from old to new, originals to standards, vocal to instrumental; they are remarkable in their ability to get everyone up and dancing, regardless of age, musical taste, or level of drunkenness. Benka’s globetrotting voice sings in a wide variety of languages, with lyrics in Russian, Greek, Serbian, Romani, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, English and more.
If references are necessary, they sound like Tom Waits, Shane McGowan and Franz Kafka drunk too much vodka and thought they were in 1950’s Yugoslavia.
They also remind me of The Muppets for some strange reason. I think it’s either the name (second only to Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem for all time greatest band name ever) or the audience applause/participation on the CD, or the lead singer looking like Rasputin.
Or it could just be my warpedness. Either or.