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Pussy Riot Issue New Single ‘Putin Lights Up the Fires’

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On the same day that thee members of all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riot were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in jail, the group has issued a new single, ‘Putin Lights Up the Fires.’ The title refers to Russian President Vladimir Putin; the band was arrested in February after forcing their way into a Moscow church to sing a “punk prayer” calling for Putin’s overthrow.

‘Putin Lights Up the Fires’ sounds like pretty standard punk fare, albeit with a heightened feel of importance to it considering its historical context. It features three-chord punk guitars, a solid drum beat and talk-scream vocals: one female voice in the verses, a group of them in the choruses. It’s sung in Russian, of course, but we’re sure whatever they are singing about is full of revolutionary fire.

The accompanying video posted below, which was compiled by the British newspaper the Guardian, features video footage and still photos of the band, including clips from the controversial church “punk prayer” episode that got them arrested in the first place. The song itself is likely many people’s first taste of Pussy Riot, and it’s a pretty proper introduction to their fiercely political and compelling punk rock charms.

Watch the Pussy Riot ‘Putin Lights Up the Fires’ Video

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