Happy Birthday Pussy Riot! The Russian Punkers Turn 10 w/ New Single/Video ‘TOXIC’

A decade can go by pretty quickly when you’re constantly busy taking down the corrupt, railing against the greedy, calling out the charlatans, and just ever fighting the evil powers. But that’s precisely what Pussy Riot have been up to since they first came exploding out of Moscow in 2011, in fearless defiance of the endless corruptions in the Kremlin.

Now they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary, and they’ve brought a couple of friends along for the party. Indeed, queer (American) singer/performance artist Dorian Electra and producer Dylan Brady have joined them for the bitingly vitriolic new single/video ‘TOXIC,’ a jittery, but exhilarating empowerment anthem, which takes aim at all those poisonous people who would seek to infect our lives with their, well…perpetual toxicity. The lyrics, as one would expect from Pussy Riot, don’t exactly delicately dance around the issue.

‘Fix your damn brain, or just go already
I was cute with you, but now bye, get ready
You are my daily poison, so annoying
You’re even more toxic than my employer’

“‘TOXIC’ is political, because personal is political,” explains Nadya Tolokno. “The single reflects on the importance of self-care, cherishing your mental health and staying away from relationships that poison you. A few years ago I went through an emotionally and physically abusive relationship; and the best way to process trauma for me is creating art – that’s why we wrote ‘TOXIC’ with Dorian and Dylan.”

The track and its rather bloody accompanying video are the first tastes of a new EP due out sometime this spring, though no release date has yet been set. But with Pussy Riot members Masha Alekhina and Lucy Shtein currently under house arrest and facing prison for supporting Vladimir Putin critic Alexey Navalny, expect that the new songs will be shot through with no small amount of musical civil disobedience.

“We’re celebrating ten years of a radical experiment,” Tolokno enthuses, “of creating exclusively art that’s inherently political. Every single art piece we create is political, there can’t be exceptions to this rule.”

So yes, one thing that has definitely not changed since they started: DON’T F*CK WITH PUSSY RIOT.

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