Pussy Riot Talk Eric Garner-Inspired 'I Can't Breathe,' and the Nascent 'Russian Spring'

February 18, 2015 8:20 PM

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Pussy Riot Talk Eric Garner-Inspired 'I Can't Breathe,' and the Nascent 'Russian Spring'

Pussy Riot are back with their first English song, "I Can't Breathe." Inspired by Eric Garner's death last July and the subsequent protests this winter, and produced with an all-star cast of musicians including Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Russian bands Scofferlane and Jack Wood, Russian feminist punk icons Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina recorded the haunting track and video in New York City in December of last year.

In the official video for "I Can't Breathe," Richard Hell reads Garner's infamous final words, which soundtrack the film's closing minutes. His monologue is preceded by a slow pan over Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, who are buried alive while wearing Russian police riot uniforms. It's uncomfortable to...

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