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Pussy Riot share new protest song “Chaika” and video, produced by Dave Sitek — watch

on February 03, 2016, 11:20am

Last fall, Pussy Riot focused their attention on the Syrian refugee crisis with “Refugees In”, which they aptly debuted at Banksy’s Dismaland “bemusement park.”

This week, however, the punk outfit’s set their sights back on Russia’s corrupt government, releasing a new protest song titled “Chaika”. Produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, the track is named after the country’s prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika, who is believed to have close ties to a local gang.

Its accompanying music video, also released today, wastes no time in getting its point across: Pussy Riot, suited up as government officials, can be seen stuffing their faces with food like gluttons and torturing prisoners. The clip was directed by Andrey Fenøčka and the band’s own Nadya Tolokonnikova.

Watch below.

Tolokonnikova spoke at length about “Chaika” and why Pussy Riot chose to work with Sitek:

“‘Everybody should remember that we are flying on the fucking giant rocket though space. Everybody should think about it at least one time per day. Giant. Rocket. I wonder why people doesn’t have telescopes at their house to remind themselves about this truth’, – says Dave. That is why he never tries to foretell what is going to happen during your new meeting. He really can give the things the opportunity to happen, to occur. And this is the most important talent an artist can have. All the rest, like technical skills, time period, style, will follow. The linchpin is to be able to let something strange happen, some incredible story or a peculiar situation. ‘How can I answer the question what track would we write next time? May be tomorrow we’ll just go to pick flowers. Or start sewing a pair of pants. Shall we sew some pants?’ This is Dave.

“Dave has three huge fluffy dogs and two cats resembling tiny cautious leopards. Dave knows how to talk to them, and his cats and dogs in their turn can sing accompanied by different musical instruments. That is why it is absolutely not important in what language you are composing a track together with Dave. You could write in English or in Russian, or simply mew like Run The Jewels.

“If I compose something in an English speaking country I don’t want to be constrained by the language, to stay within the limits of English. I can create stunning and bizarre rhymes in English, working, in fact, precisely due to that bizarreness. We discussed it once with Miss Kittin whose first language is French that it is really wonderful to write using a language which is not your mother tongue and unconsciously come up with paradoxical and amazing phrases. Still I would never agree to write in English only. That is why it came so much to the point to discover Dave who can understand cats and Russians without words.”

Pussy Riot also issued a statement calling for Chaika’s investigation:

“Pussy Riot demands an immediate investigation against General Prosecutor Chaika and his family, as well as against all the top officials in his office. We hope that the CHAIKA music video will help to convince people that we cannot live in a country where its top law enforcement official is the brightest symbol of corruption and murder. Pussy Riot hopes that people around the world will help us voice our outrage and turn Russia into a country where people like Chaika can no longer exist.”

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