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Pussy Riot Get Buried Alive in Eric Garner–Inspired "I Can't Breathe"

The Russian punk prophets debut their first English-language video

In the last year or so, Russian punk prophets Pussy Riot have been released from prison, made their way to America, formed a Human Rights group and even managed to find the time to visit Stephen Colbert and invite him to join the band. New music, it seems, was put on the back burner. That changed today with the release of the ladies' first English-language song, "I Can't Breathe," dedicated to Eric Garner, whose death at the hands of the NYPD sparked protests throughout the country.

The track slows things down from Pussy Riot's usual '70s speed-punk sound. In the chorus, they repeat, "It's getting dark in New York City." At moments, rock icon and Television frontman Richard Hell can be heard reciting Eric Garner's last exchange with the police.

The video is equally, if not more powerful than the song. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova dress in Russian military garb and are buried alive. It's a pretty daunting thing to watch for four minutes. Press play above.

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