So much has been written about Pussy Riot over the past few years, but so little of it has been about the music, and that makes sense. The state of the world dictates that some things are more important, and Pussy Riot’s message is vital. We need these Russian punks around. But it’s worth remembering for these purposes that Pussy Riot are a band, albeit one with a rotating lineup. And contrary to some opinions in the media, they’re actually a decent punk rock bands. Like all of the best bands of the genre, they’re abrasive, angry and forthright, and those important messages are front and center. More than a band? Yes. But still a cool band.

Pussy Riot plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Observatory.