The video for Pussy Riot’s song “Police State” is a surreal trip but one that will leave you with a new earworm.
Pussy Riot, everyone's favorite ski-masked Russian group, are back with a new song that we can debut exclusively here at BuzzFeed dot com:
You may remember them from their early days in 2012, when they were less about catchy music and more about protesting the rule of Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
In the years since they were jailed for playing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow church, Pussy Riot — or at least one member, Nadya Tolokonnikova — have transformed from an anonymous protest collective to a real band, among other ventures. Part of that transition involved ditching of the masks that gave them anonymity and splitting to set up separate projects under the Pussy Riot ~brand~.
And the protests have kept coming, even as the music's appeal has broadened Two years ago, Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina released Pussy Riot's first English-language song, which dealt with police brutality and the death of Eric Garner. Just a few weeks ago, Alekhina staged a protest inside Trump Tower.
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The music video for Tolokonnikova's new song, out Wednesday, titled "Police State," grapples with some of the issues the original collective protested — and features some graphic violence against stuffed animals.
As well as some indoctrination of small children wearing Pussy Riot masks, set to a jangly tune that's reminiscent of Matt and Kim's "Daylight" days.
Tolokonnikova says the song — the first single off the upcoming album Nice Life — is meant to inspire listeners to take action and organize.
"Actions are more important that opinions and comments," she said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "It's crucial to build alternative institutions, establish alternative power structures and networks, especially when your government sucks. There's a lot that can be done and should be done."