Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Putin Got Scared

Seen this yet? A masked Russian Riot Grrrl band called PUSSY RIOT, who set up in unauthorized places and perform high-energy protest music against the current regime. Apparently, this song's title translates as "Putin Got Scared". (Musically, it sounds a lot like the Subtonix' definitive cover of the Screamers' "Vertigo", all agitated, pounding forward motion.) They were arrested for performing without permission in Red Square. (Two members were fined 500 rubles each.) This is the kind of daring confrontational spirit that punk is all about.

More info on Pussy Riot here:
In the months since their formation, the eight members of Pussy Riot have perfected their own form of protest: their songs are pithy, angry missives, largely directed at Putin, and they remain beguilingly anonymous – the band wear neon balaclavas to conceal their identities and perform flash gigs in unexpected places: on public transport, for example, and, once, on a prison roof. In mid-January, they pulled off their most audacious show to date: performing on a platform in front of St Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, opposite the Kremlin: "Revolt in Russia – the charisma of protest," they sang. "Revolt in Russia, Putin's got scared!" It was the shortest of performances, only minutes before the authorities hauled the group away, but the point had been made.

1 comment:

Substance McGravitas said...

That was a good song. Thanks.