“TOXIC” will feature on Pussy Riot’s upcoming EP

Pussy Riot is back with a raging, hypercore track called “TOXIC” featuring Dorian Electra. Produced by 100 Gecs’ Dylan Brady, the song reflects on protecting mental health and avoiding poisonous relationships. The release fluctuates between sweet Europop and speaker-obliterating bass, a mind-melting combination that’ll have you dancing endlessly and screaming at the top of their lungs. 

“TOXIC” arrives alongside an equally chaotic music video directed by Nadya Tolokonnikova, with 3D art by Ksti Hu. The song follows Pussy Riot’s “RAGE,” which advocates for releasing Russian political prisoners, including the group’s members, Masha Alekhina and Lucy Shtein, a queer couple currently being held separately under house arrest. They’re facing 2 years in jail for supporting jailed Putin critic Alexey Navalny. See the video below.

Known for creating strong, pensive commentaries, Pussy Riot’s latest release addresses emotional and physical abuse. Over the past few years, the outspoken group has shared songs against police brutality, political extremism, domestic violence, and other sensitive situations affecting people worldwide.

“A few years ago I went through an emotionally abusive relationship that ended up being physically abusive, too. I was being held against my will in a house we lived in,” shares Nadya. The best way to process trauma for me is via creating art, that’s why we wrote TOXIC with Dorian and Dylan. Besides music, I use other tools to convince others to put their mental health first, train themselves to recognize emotional violence, and leave abusive relationships ASAP.”

Following their 2013 release from prison, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina created MEDIAZONA, Pussy Riot’s independent publication focused on Russian courts, law enforcement, and the prison system. Their new EP is due this spring.

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