Pussy Riot's First Song in English Is About Eric Garner: Watch the Intense Video For “I Can't Breathe”

Pussy Riot, the feminist punk band from Russia that garnered international fame in 2012 through guerilla-style protest songs and performances, has already won a good chunk of the Western Hemisphere's hearts through their politics (and, yes, a ridiculously charming appearance on The Colbert Report).

[jump] Now, they've turned their attention directly to the U.S., with an English-language song dedicated to Eric Garner called “I Can't Breathe.” Filmed in Moscow, the video features band members Masha and Natasha being buried alive, and the whole thing's as dark and unsettling as it should be — even before we hear the voice of punk godfather Richard Hell, who for all intents and purposes has been retired from music for 30 years, repeating Garner's famous, gut-wrenching final words at the song's conclusion. 

“Several problems that have come up in the U.S. government system resemble Russian problems in a very painful way,” the band told Pitchfork in an email interview. “In particular, the problem of police violence. We are interested in seeing how the American political system, which is in general more open than the Russian one, handles defects like these, and how the media and civil society can help it or force it to fix this situation.”

Give it a watch/listen below. 

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