Pussy Riot to hit Chop Suey

Pussy Riot tour poster

Pussy Riot, a feminist performance collective from Russia who is known for taking the conservative political establishment head on, is set to play Seattle’s Chop Suey on Wednesday, March 22 on the heels of two new videos, “Bad Apples” with Dave Sitek and “Elections” with pop composer CHAIKA. Pussy Riot are known for challenging the status quo of corrupt politics as usual with explosive lyrics as well as a blend of performance art and music.

On March 17, Vladimir Putin was re-elected for another six years, and so it’s safe to assume that Pussy Riot won’t be happy about that during their performances this week in Seattle (they are also playing The Vera Project on Thursday, March 23). The shows promise to be as engaging as they are political.

In 2012, members of the Pussy Riot collective were arrested on charges of “hooliganism” for provocative performances in Russia that featured lyrics that were especially critical of Putin. Making matters worse, they staged this controversial performance inside a Russian Orthodox church. Three members of the collective were sentenced to five years of detention by the authoritarian government that has historically shown to be anti-free speech and anti-LGBT movements.

In October of 2016, Pussy Riot released the video for “Make America Great Again,” a scathing critique of President Trump. It appears the collective are not content with challenging bigotry purely on their own soil, and are bringing their experiences of dealing with dictatorships to an audience that, nearly two years into the Trump presidency, is likely looking to blow off some steam.

Although the Chop Suey performance is already sold out, you can still purchase tickets to the Vera Project performance on the 23rd. Look for future coverage of their Chop Suey performance on Seattle Music Insider.

You can purchase tickets for the Vera Project show here.