Pussy Riot: ‘Our goal is not to make a political album’

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Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova discuss their plans for the future

The members of Pussy Riot have said that they have no firm plans to record more music, stating that they currently favour video clips as a way of translating their message.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova were imprisoned for 16 months in their native Russia in 2012 after performing their punk protest prayer ‘Mother of God, Drive Putin Away’ inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ The Saviour.

However, as they reveal in a new interview featured in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, their music comes second to what they have to say.

“We’re not really musicians or from the music world,” says Tolokonnikova. “At that moment we just decided that we should do a punk band, and we got our friends together and tried to do a song. We did what we were able to. it wasn’t brilliant, but it was enough for a political video.”

She later adds that while music could feature in their plans eventually, it is not an immediate consideration. “Our goal is not to make a political album, but the form of our statements is very important to us and the video clip form is one we like. Maybe at some point in the future we will do an album, but right now we want to make videos.”

However, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova did recently reveal that they have been working in the studio with Le Tigre’s JD Samson. They said they were excited to be working with “some real musicians” as their previous work within Pussy Riot had been as “artists” rather than coming specifically from “the music world”.